Syd Albright

Historic Lewiston: A seaport 465 miles from the Pacific Ocean

January 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

Today, ocean-going barges and excursion ships travel 465 miles up and down the Columbia and Snake rivers to a bustling seaport in Idaho that Lewis and Clark visited in 1805 when only Indians lived there. Later it became Idaho’s capital unti...

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The historic beginning of the American Northwest

January 08, 2017 at 5:00 am

They came from Siberia, lived in caves in Oregon, made flint spearheads and ate the huge wooly mammoth, camels and horses that roamed North America some 14,000 years ago but now are extinct. Scientists know all this by studying fossilized p...

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Toil, terror, tears, triumphs in building American West

January 01, 2017 at 5:00 am

“When the sharp shrieks of the train whistle announced a herd of buffaloes,” George Armstrong Custer’s wife Elizabeth said, “the rifles were snatched, and in the struggle to twist around for a good aim out of the narrow window, the barrel o...

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Amazing journey from trapper to Oregon politician

December 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Sept. 13, 1834: “We left the Madison Fork with Mr. Bridger’s Camp and ascended a small branch in a West direction through the mountains about 20 miles and encamped on the divide,” mountain man Osborne Russell wrote in his journal. “After w...

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Life and times of mountain man Osborne Russell ...

December 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

“You’ve learned well, pilgrim. You’ll go far — provided you ain’t burnt alive, or scalped” — Jeremiah Johnson movie “I could go no further without jumping into a large quagmire which hemmed me on three sides, I was obliged to turn about an...

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Frontier artist Moran helped open up American West

December 11, 2016 at 5:00 am

It would seem improbable that two landscape paintings would affect history, but Thomas Moran’s “Chasm of the Colorado” and “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone” did just that. And today, another painting titled “The Three Tetons” hangs in t...

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Tragedy at sea — Two ships and two captains

December 04, 2016 at 5:00 am

At 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 4, 1875, the 223-foot side-wheel passenger steamship “Pacific” with about 275 on board sailed from Esquimalt Harbour on the southeast end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Passengers crowded the deck as the ship he...

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“Thanks for the memories…”

November 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

It was summer of 1973. The sailors at World War II’s Farragut Naval Training Station who once roamed the streets of Sandpoint, Athol and Coeur d’Alene, whistling at the girls, were long gone and all was quiet in Kootenai County — until thou...

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When the Missoula Flood drowned the Northwest

November 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

A gigantic wall of ice held back a sea of water in a 200-mile long lake in Montana called Glacial Lake Missoula, and then some of the water started seeping through tiny cracks. The cracks became bigger and more water was released. Suddenly...

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Sir Francis Drake: Hero, pirate and executioner

November 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

In 1577, Queen Elizabeth I ruled England and sent Francis Drake on a round-the-world sea voyage, reaching as far north as Vancouver Island, British Columbia looking for a Northwest Passage. Not finding it, he headed home becoming the second...

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