County Washington USA
Early days in Lincoln
County, Washington are recalled through a mixture of colorful
tales and factual data in this new
8 1/2" x 11" booklet. An
excerpt from the hard-to-find 1904 book: An Illustrated History
of the Big Bend Country, published by Western Historical Publishing
spiral bound booklet
is printed on 60# opaque paper. The front cover is protected with
a vinyl sheet.
The booklet begins
with tales of early settlers like R.M. Bacon, Samuel Wilbur Condin
or Condit (better known as Wild Goose Bill); and Sam Wow, a pioneer
miner and many others. Then comes the Indian scare of 1877, the
establishment of Fort Spokane, the cricket scourge of 1882-3, the
organization of Lincoln County in 1883, the naming of the county,
the battle between Sprague and Davenport for county seat honors,
a boom and bust economy. The above is all in the first chapter.
The second chapter, titled "Current Events -- 1887 to 1896"
concerns the coming of the railroad, the terrible snow storms of
1890 that killed off most cattle; the squirrel invasion; the hanging
of an Indian youth followed by an Indian scare in 1891; benefits
of red lice; "lieu lands"; the Coxey Army; a railroad
strike; the shooting affair between Wild Goose Bill and Barton Park.
Chapter 3, "Current Events -- 1896 to 1904, covers the disappearance
of a toddler, the forming of a fair association, the shooting of
outlaw Billy Gibbons, the organizing of the Lincoln County Pioneer
Association, the man-hunt for desperado Harry Tracy, and a double
murder near Almira.
The book then turns
to a histories of Davenport, Creston, Wilbur, Almira, Harrington,
Downs, Edwall, Moscow, Odessa, Reardan, Mondovi, Govan, and Sprague.
Briefly mentioned are Crystal City, Lamona, Irby, Mohler, Hellgate,
Rocklyn, Waukon and Gravelle. A descriptive chapter and a political
chapter (with many names), an educational chapter (with teachers'
names), and a history of the press come next.
The original book included too many
individual biographies to include them in this booklet, but when
available specific biographies can be added for a small surcharge.
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