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Inundating the entiat river bridge

The Chelan River was impassable to

What once had been a rapidly flowing wild river was tamed by progress into nonexistence, leaving a dramatic and precipitous gorge with nothing but rocks at the bottom. In Chelan, as in most small towns across America, religion was given its full due. The steel-reinforced concrete dam was built about one-half mile downstream from where Lake Chelan enters the river, within the town limits. The public park has been plowed and fenced and will be planted to trees next spring. The lake is fed by multiple streams and one sizable river, the Stehekin.

As part of the short-lived Camp Chelan project, the army in had cut a circuitous wagon road that linked the camp to White Bluffs far to the south in what is today Benton County. This, at least in theory, protected the area around the Chelan River from white settlement.

Thought to be an offshoot of the much larger Wenatchi Tribe, they spoke the Wenatchi dialect of the Interior Salishan language. Domke, discouraged, moved away and disappeared from the Chelan story. When Coyote asked the girl's father if he could marry his daughter the chief refused in no uncertain terms. The Chelan River channel became dry during much of the year, as the water was rerouted through the power tunnel to the powerhouse below.

This oversimplification was heightened when they and several other tribes and bands were consolidated on the Columbia Reservation in the late s. Hayes created the Moses Reservation also called the Columbia Reservation on a huge swath of land that started north of Lake Chelan and stretched to the Canadian border. When the bus was raised, only six bodies were inside.

Sanders and Domke built a crude boat and made it safely to the south end of the lake where it empties into the Chelan River. But access to the lake and the new town at its southern end remained difficult. Secretary of the Interior John Willock Noble overturned that ruling in and ordered the land returned to the Indians.

The economy of the city is, and has been for decades, dominated by tourism, and this is likely to hold true for decades to come. Over the next two decades it carried out studies for a new Chelan River dam, but built nothing. But in the southeast it opens into an area of fertile, rolling hills, and it was mostly here that both Indian and non-Indian settlers chose to put down roots.

Many Indians simply

Other trails pierced the forest at the north end of the lake, from which the settlements to the south could be reached by boat. These facilities, under various ownerships, would reliably serve the area for more than two decades. The two Indians were briefly jailed, and the state land office ruled in favor of the settlers. Fifteen students and the driver drowned.

The Chelan River was impassable to salmon due to its high flow rate and steep falls, but the tribe took non-migratory fish, including cutthroat trout, bull trout, and burbot from the lake. By late in the second decade of the twentieth century, both the land company and the Lake Chelan Water Company which now owned the water rights were in deep financial trouble. Many Indians simply refused to live on the reservations, staying put where they and their forebears were born.

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