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. The 166 page spiral bound booklet, an excerpt from the hard-to-find book, An Illustrated History of the Big Bend Country, originally published by Western Historical Publishing Company in 1904, 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 presents 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, a political chapter (with many names), an educational chapter (with teachers' names), and a history of the press follow.
Lincoln County, WA
Sources: History of the Big Bend Country / History of Lincoln County Washington
Authors: Truman B. Fox
Original Publication Year: 1904
Original Publisher: Western Historical Publishing Co.
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