Kettle Falls

Title

Kettle Falls

Description

The ancient Native American fishing site and center for trade economy, Kettle Falls, was inundated by Lake Roosevelt after the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. Tribes from miles around, even those at war with each other, would fish at the falls side by side. The town of Kettle Falls was built overlooking the falls in the late 1880s. Relocation of the town had to be complete before the reservoir of Lake Roosevelt filled with water and buildings were moved to Meyers Falls, the present day Kettle Falls. The last salmon run took place in 1938 and at the Ceremony of Tears, Native American tribes gathered to say goodbye to the way of life they lived for thousands of years. During the construction of the third powerhouse at Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Roosevelt was drawn down, briefly exposing part of the falls in 1969.

Items in the Kettle Falls Collection

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#02)
"Kettle Falls of the Columbia." "Marcus, Wash." "Looking from the east shore across the crest of the upper falls at time of high water"

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#03)
"Indian spearing salmon at the kettle falls of the Columbia" "Looking across the crest of the upper falls at high water. Indian fishing in right middle ground of the picture."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#04)
"Indian fishing at Kettle Falls of the Columbia."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#05)
"From below the Falls and looking upstream. Salmon jumping by. Water high rocks breaking the crest of the Falls."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#06)
"Close-up or the falls broken by uplifting crag of rock with salmon attempting the jump in right middle ground."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#07)
"Very close-up of a salmon jumping the falls at high water."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#08)
"Indians splitting wood near Kettle Falls, Wash." "Marcus, Wash." "Two Indian wood choppers at work near the falls."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#09)
"Kettle Falls of the Columbia at high water." "View of the upper falls at up stream into the crest of the falls."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#10)
"A salmon catch at the Kettle Falls of the Columbia." "View of an Indian fisherman standing with back to camera showing the enormous size of two salmon which he is marring (sic) thrown over his shoulder and resting upon the back."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#01)
"Looking from the west bank across the line of the upper falls at time of high water"

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#11)
"Salmon hanging from tree branches in process of drying, Kettle Falls of the Columbia." "Salmon hanging up and drying in an Indian camp at the falls during the salmon running days."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#12)
"A salmon catch at the Kettle Falls of the Columbia." Three Indian fishermen together with a white man. One Indian with a salmon but lately caught with a second Indian carrying fishing poles and quite apparently on his way to the falls."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#13)
"Indian fishing platform built out over the falls with many Indians reclining upon the rocks evidently watching the sport."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#16)
Undated view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#17)
"Varying scenes of the notable Kettle Falls of the Columbia River. White settlement and the fur trade began here in 1811 while today the falls have become the scene of one of the greatest power developments in the Pacific Northwest."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#18)
Undated view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#19)
"Later this area was flooded by Coulee Dam, making Lake Roosevelt. An Indian burial ground had to be excavated." "Gift of Edith Thomason, 1996."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#20)
Undated photo of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#21)
"On the Columbia River."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#22)
Undated photo of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#23)
Undated photo of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#24)
Kettle Falls, taken in 1914 by Frank Palmer

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#26)
"Looking directly across the main line of the falls from the west end."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#27)
"The main falls of the Columbia at this point."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#29)
"Kettle Falls Columbia River Wash."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#30)
Undated view of two men at Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#31)
"Kettle Falls Columbia River Wash.

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#32)
"Looking from east shore directly across the lower falls."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#33)
Two men and two women on rocks at Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#34)
Woman and dog on rocks at Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#35)
"Kettle Falls, Columbia River"

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#36)
Undated view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#37)
Undated view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#38)
Panoramic view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#39)
Undated view of Kettle Falls

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#40)
"Fishing at Kettle Falls before the dam was constructed."

Washington -- Kettle Falls (#42)
Undated view of Kettle Falls