Salmon & Steelhead History Collection

Salmon & Steelhead History Collection

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4 Books about the history of salmon and steelhead around the turn of the century, historical accounts of fish populations and challenges. Highly informative look at the past and future of salmon & steelhead.

Babine Bob's Pioneering Adventures

With nothing more than a long-time dream and strong work ethic, Bob Wickwire, and his partners, Larry and Ellen Stanley began a mad journey to pioneer a fishing lodge, somewhere in the wilds of British Columbia. With all five species of Pacific salmon and world-class steelhead fishing, they settled on an untamed, uninhabited part of Canada—Babine Lake where the rule of "survival of the fittest" rings true.

The never-ending struggles, dangers, and successes they experienced along the way makes for a fascinating pioneering adventure. 1 1/2 x 11, 200 pages, all color.

Columbia River: End of the Oregon Trail

The Pacific Northwest has a rich and fascinating history, especially along the mighty Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. Many of us are familiar with the story of Lewis and Clark as they crossed the country in search of the Pacific Ocean, but what of the people who inhabited the region before and after their adventure?

Through text and over 100 historical photographs, Penttila shares the tough everyday lives and extraordinary events of the Native inhabitants and early settlers in this region, including: the history; shipping; fishing; logging; and basic living in this area. Whether you’re from the Pacific Northwest or not, you will find the history of this western shipping port to be fascinating. 

Softbound; 8 1/2  X 11; 87 pages; over 100 historical photos

A Woman Alone

Living alone in the woods of northern Minnesota, Mona Bell once amazed a neighbor by shooting a dozen clothes pins off a line at 25 yards, firing revolvers from both hands in rapid succession. “You tell the boys there’s a woman back here who knows how to shoot, and will shoot,” she said, calmly. He did.

Eccentric, aggressive, frugal, and friendly to a point, Mona’s few neighbors sensed she was a woman with a past, perhaps a notorious past, but no one asked. In fact, her reclusive life in Minnesota was stark contrast to her earlier life in Oregon, where she had a brief, public role in Pacific Northwest history, battling the federal government after the Army commandeered her hilltop mansion and surrounding riverfront acreage in the Columbia River Gorge to build Bonneville Dam.

Mona’s impressive mansion 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon, was built in 1928 as a gift from her lover, the flamboyant entrepreneur Sam Hill, whose lasting works include the Maryhill Museum and the Columbia River Highway. That same year, their child, a boy, was born in Portland.

Three years later Sam, 33 years Mona’s senior, was dead. The government condemned the mansion she loved, offering compensation Mona would deride as a pittance. For 15 months she battled the government in federal court with two of Sam’s longtime friends at her side, a former Oregon governor as her attorney and the current governor as a witness.

While she won three times more than the government offered, she never outgrew the pain of losing both the man and the place she loved in quick succession. Her son was her obligation, but with her new wealth, travel and flowers, particularly lilies, became her passion. Later, her daughter-in-law would say, “she just was not cut out to be a mother. She was a woman alone, and she was OK with it.”

6 x 9 Inches, 139 Pages, Color Insert

Salmon Fever: Rivers End

The mighty Columbia River is as dangerous as it is magnificent. The water at the mouth of the river is cold, with temperatures ranging from the forties in winter to the sixties in summer. When someone falls into the water nowadays, the experience is frightening and miserable, but help is usually quickly on the way. Lightweight clothing, life jackets and flotation devices keep him buoyant while the radio on-board his boat sends out distress calls to the Coast Guard who dispatch helicopters and boats to pluck him out of the water.

How dangerous was it to work and play on the river in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s? No radios, helicopters or boats of the modern Coast Guard rescued the man who was thrown overboard in the 1800s. Few ever survived. Heavy clothing, quickly water-soaked, pulled the victims under the surface before anyone nearby could help. Some managed to float for a while, waves slapping against their faces, the cold paralyzing their limbs, their weakening cries for help going unheeded or unheard until they too sank down into the depths. Salmon Fever is a collection of historical articles from Astoria, Oregon newspapers that reveal a frightening past on this famously treacherous river. Once you pick it up, you won’t be able to put it down.

The Columbia River is one of the most majestic rivers in the world, and it’s also one of the most dangerous. So what was it like working on this amazing river in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s? Read this book to find out!

6 x 9 Inches, 96 Pages, Historical photographs.


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