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Near Coulee City in Grant County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Story of Dry Falls

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2015
1. Story of Dry Falls Marker
Inscription. These cliffs are skeletal remnants of what was once the world’s largest waterfall. They bear stark witness to the tremendous power of catastrophic floods that swept over Eastern Washington at the end of the last Ice Age.

The falls began 20 mi. to the south, but receded upstream through powerful erosive action. The retreat of the falls gave birth to the canyon below, the lower Grand Coulee, with the enormous force of the floodwaters spewing several cubic miles of rock over vast areas downstream. Today Dry Falls remains as one of the most spectacular geologic wonders of the Age of Ice.
 
Erected by Washington State Parks.
 
Location. 47° 36.42′ N, 119° 21.86′ W. Marker is near Coulee City, Washington, in Grant County. Marker can be reached from Park Lake Road Northeast (Washington Route 17) 2 miles south of U.S. 2, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park, on the north side of the Visitor Center parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 34875 Park Lake Road Northeast, Coulee City WA 99115, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Explore Massive Floodscapes! (within
Story of Dry Falls Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2015
2. Story of Dry Falls Marker (wide view)
shouting distance of this marker); World's Greatest Waterfall... Without Water! (within shouting distance of this marker); In the Path of Cataclysmic Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); Dry Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Stratford Area (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This is a large, painted wooden "billboard-style" marker, mounted on a rock and masonry wall near the park entrance.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park
 
Also see . . .  Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. Dry Falls is a geological wonder of North America. Carved by Ice Age floods more than 13,000 years ago, the former waterfall was once four times the size of Niagara Falls. Today, the 400-foot-high, 3.5-mile-wide cliff overlooks a big sky and a landscape of deep gorges and dark, reflective lakes. The park is a notable site along the National Ice Age Floods Geologic Trail. (Submitted on February 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Dry Falls Lake (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 31, 2015
3. Dry Falls Lake (view from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 24 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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