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Omak [verso], Jan 1 1907
Omak [verso], Jan 1 1907
TitleOmak [verso], Jan 1 1907
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Date.Digital2000 - 2002
Description1 ms. map ; 53 x 38 cm. Manuscript town plat for the city of Omak. Scale 200 feet = 1 inch. See another version of the map on recto: In 1901, Mr. Ben F. Ross, an employee of the Great Northern Railroad, settled with his family in the area that soon became Omak, Washington. By 1906, Ross had helped organize the Omak School District--the first district in the area east of the Cascade Mountains. Taking twenty acres of his own farm, Ross platted twenty-five foot town lots. This map is most likely drafted by his hand--note the initials "B.F.R." in the title. When the town incorporated in 1907, it was thanks to the boosterism of Ross. The town lay on the banks of the Okanogan River, six miles north of Okanogan and thirty miles from the Columbia River confluence. That same year, the U.S. Reclamation Service was working on the Conconully Dam Irrigation Project, which would bring water from the Salmon River near the town of Conconully, and irrigate some 10, 000 acres in the Omak and Okanogan region.
SubjectOmak (Wash.)--Maps
Okanogan County--Maps
Okanogan River--Maps, Manuscript
Ross, Ben F.
Town plats
Location DepictedUnited States--Washington (State)--Okanogan County--Omak
RightsContact Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, for copyright information 509 335-6691
Holding.InstitutionManuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, WSU Libraries
IdentifierWSU 153
Format.CreationOriginal maps were scanned in color at 600 dpi on a Microtek 9600XL scanner and saved as TIFF files. The TIFF files were converted into the MrSID format at a compression ratio of 12 to 1 using LizardTech's Geospatial Encoder 1.4 software. These MrSid files were then uploaded into the CONTENTdm database at the Washington State University Libraries.
ContributorsManuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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