Washington State Magazine

Spring 2010 cover


Spring 2010

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In This Issue...

Features

Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades :: Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEGallery: Photos of the North Cascades :: By Zach Mazur.}

{ WEB EXCLUSIVETimeline: A Cascade Pass Chronology :: A timeline of the Cascade Pass by Bob Mierendorf and J. Kennedy}

Desperately Seeking Sherman :: Although his work is increasingly ubiquitous, the writer Sherman Alexie '94 is a little harder to pin down. Our correspondent is undaunted. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEVideo: Artist Ric Gendron discusses his portrait of Sherman Alexie }

Vancouver Lake: A Search for Solutions Great and Small :: This is the second time WSU scientists have worked on a plan to clean up Vancouver Lake. The first, in the 1960s, was monumental. This time it's microscopic. by Hannelore Sudermann

Essay

Language, Money, and Loss :: Sometimes loss can be an occasion for newly discovered vitality. Where better than the university to challenge ourselves to avoid linguistic lemminghood? by Will Hamlin

Short Subject

The Secret Death of Bees :: WSU lab probes mysterious decline in honey bee population. By Eric Sorensen

Panoramas

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEVideo: Gangs of Chicago slideshow :: Narrated by Jame F. Short, Jr. }

Departments

:: FIRST WORDS

:: SPORTS: Ruggers

:: IN SEASON: Finally, a Washington apple

{ WEB EXCLUSIVEVideo: Rugby 101 :: WSU women's rugby team members explain the basics of the game }

Tracking

Cover photo: Near Cascade Pass in the North Cascades. By Zach Mazur. Read more in "Of Time and Wildness"

Last Words
North Cascades Highway. Photo Zach Mazur.

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Zach Mazur

North Cascades Highway: Near Washington Pass

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Although the native people crossed the North Cascades on foot for thousands of years, white settlers dreamed of a more readily traveled northern route. The Washington legislature committed its first funding for such a route in 1893, based on hopes that such a road would lead to “vast deposits” of gold and silver. Unfortunately, those riches were as elusive as the road itself. So rugged was this northern route that it would be decades before a possible route would even be chosen. When Lyndon Johnson passed legislation in 1968 authorizing the North Cascades National Park, hopes for the road shifted from hauling out high-value timber to hauling in high-value tourists. Finally, in 1972, the route was completed over Washington Pass. The result, State Highway 20, is one of the most extraordinary drives in the world. The 87-mile drive from Winthrop to Marblemount passes through an incredible landscape and ecological transition, from sagebrush and desert to lush semi-rain forest. It is impossible to drive the highway in haste. In fact, signs should be posted at frequent intervals: Warning! Distracting Views Ahead. Be Prepared to Stop Often.





Categories: Washington state history | Tags: Highways, North Cascades Highway, Cascades

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