the Scheibner Sawmill in Northrup Canyon

The Scheibner Brothers in Northrup Canyon also ran a pre-industrial age sawmill on Northrup Creek around 1900. Original Steamboat Rock pioneer William Fleet worked as a millwright helping with the design, implementation and upkeep of the Scheibner watermill. Charles Scheibner and William Fleet along with one other gentleman would back up the creek at night... Continue Reading →

The Scheibner Grade in Northrup Canyon

George and Caty Northrup weren't the only family in the canyon at the turn of the 20th century. Scheibner brothers Charles and Fred had moved into the canyon a couple years earlier and were already known for their produce, in particular, luscious strawberries. In 1901 with the backing of the farming community around Steamboat Rock... Continue Reading →

Murder in Northrup Canyon

There is a historical marker in Northrup Canyon that talks briefly about the murder that took place in 1903. The story is a bit deeper. In the mid-1890s John W. and Caty Northrup moved into the canyon. Together through hard work they created a wonderful orchard and irrigation system. With John W.'s health failing, the... Continue Reading →

the Lange’s at Steamboat Rock

It was a mild winter in 1885 when newly weds Hans and Matilda Lange loaded up their wagon and made there way from Colfax towards the Grand Coulee where they planned on starting a ranch and raising cattle. On her finger Tilda, as they called her, wore a gold band made from ore struck by Hans... Continue Reading →

Steamboat Rock trail guide

this was written for the Grant County Tourist Board and appeared in the 2019 Grant County Trail Guide. Steamboat Rock State Park is located halfway between Grand Coulee Dam and Coulee City on State Route 155. Standing like a beacon in the coulee, Steamboat Rock was created when the Missoula Flood swept through the land... Continue Reading →

Seaton’s Ferries

In 1889 Thomas Brownfield Seaton brought his family to Spokane on an immigrant train from Cass County, Missouri, bought a covered wagon, and continued Wilbur, where the family stayed with relatives (including nephew Robert Van Sickle) while Tom located a homestead at Hesseltine in the Broadaxe Creek area a few miles north. Tom developed a... Continue Reading →

Pirates and Coyote

In the 1970s, safety was a different concept. To sum it up, basically, it was "Don't do anything stupid, and you won't get hurt". So, as a single digit age child I would ride in the backseat of my Grandparent's car, but to entertain myself I would sit on the floorboard and play with toys.... Continue Reading →

Vic’s Folly at Sun Lakes State Park

Vic Meyers was born Victor Aloysius Meyers in Little Falls, Minnesota, September 1897. His father was a politician and his mother an accomplished pianist. At first Vic picked up the drums, and by the age 16 he could play any instrument, filling in with local bands. His family moved to Seaside Oregon and Vic continued... Continue Reading →

Birth of an Urban Legend

The early 1970s in Grand Coulee was an interesting time, the 3rd powerhouse was being built and it attracted a lot of journalists to the region. One was Hu Blonk, who had been there in the 1930s, and after looking around started to pen nostalgia pieces for the Wenatchee World. The nostalgia articles became a... Continue Reading →

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