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Near Washtucna in Franklin County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Stealing a Stream

 
 
Stealing a Stream Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 28, 2010
1. Stealing a Stream Marker
Inscription. Before the Ice Age floods, no stream or waterfall existed here. Instead, the Palouse River flowed through Washtucna Coulee. What caused the river to jump its course?

When the floods surged across the area, they cut a path through the fractured basalt beneath the Palouse Hills. Today, the river continues to follow the route created by the floods.

Transforming a Landscape
The floods stripped away hundreds of feet of soil and carved a maze of coulees, abandoned river channels, and buttes that extend 11 miles between Washtucna Coulee and the Snake River.

(Center Photo Caption)
Now dry, Washtucna Coulee was once the channel of the Palouse River.

(Right Map Caption)
The floods overwhelmed existing rivers and streams, spilling over the landscape and slamming into the Snake River. Most of the water flowed downriver towards the Columbia River, but some was forced upriver to Lewiston, Idaho and beyond.
 
Erected by Washington State Parks.
 
Location. 46° 39.811′ N, 118° 13.649′ W. Marker is near Washtucna, Washington, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from Palouse Falls Road 2.4 miles west of Washington Highway 261. Touch for map.
Palouse Falls image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 28, 2010
2. Palouse Falls
As viewed from scenic trail in Palouse Falls State Park
Marker is located in Palouse Falls State Park at the end of Palouse Falls Road; a entrance fee may be required. Marker is in this post office area: Washtucna WA 99371, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore Massive Floodscapes! (within shouting distance of this marker); In the Path of Cataclysmic Floods (within shouting distance of this marker); Setting the Stage (within shouting distance of this marker); Overwhelming Proof for an "Outrageous" Theory (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Also see . . .  Palouse Falls - Wikipedia entry. This article also has links to Wikipedia entries on the Columbia River Basalt Group, the Channeled Scablands, and the Missoula Floods. (Submitted on May 6, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Palouse River Canyon South of Palouse Falls image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 28, 2010
3. Palouse River Canyon South of Palouse Falls
As viewed from scenic trail in Palouse Falls State Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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