Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia

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Layman, William D., River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia. Wenatchee, WA: Wenatchee Valley Museum in association with the University of Washington, Seattle, and the British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 2006.165pp. ISBN 0-295-98592-5 (Pbk: paper) US $24.95.

Ever wonder what the Columbia River was like before all the dams were built? William D. Layman has created an exhibit that explores the Columbia from its mouth, where it pours into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Oregon, upstream to its source in Columbia Lake, British Columbia. He presents the Columbia as it existed during the century from 1860 to 1960. This exhibit will travel to six museums in the Northwest until September 2008. (The dates at each location are included on the page following the title page.)

Layman's book, based on the exhibit, is composed for the most part of photographs, including some taken by such noted photographers as Carleton Watkins and Asahel Curtis. It is divided into segments, each following a section of the river and each with its own historic map and pictures of the native fish species which inhabit (or inhabited) that section of the river. The cartography includes a variety of styles.

River of Memory valuable for the photographs alone, but it is enriched by narratives and poetry. …

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