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Ross's third addition to Omak, Okanogan County, Washington, (1928)
Ross's third addition to Omak, Okanogan County, Washington, (1928)
TitleRoss's third addition to Omak, Okanogan County, Washington, (1928)
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CreatorRoss, B. J.
Date.Digital2000 - 2002
PublisherOmak : s.n.
Description1 map: blueprint ; 51 x 48 cm. In 1901, Mr Ben F. Ross, an employee of the Great Northern Railroad, settled with his family in the area that became the town of Omak, Washington. By 1906, Ross had helped to organize the first accredited school district east of the Cascade Mountains and named it the Omak School District. Taking twenty acres from his own farm and platting it into a twenty five town lots in 1906, Ross also pointed the town toward the direction of incorporation and was its first and most earnest boosters. He drafted this map for use in its development. The town lay on the bank of the Okanogan River, about thirty miles north from its confluence with the Columbia River and about six miles north of the town of Okanogan. Also incorporated in 1907, Okanogan was Omak's rival, particularly in the fight for County Seat when the position moved from Conconully in 1915. Okanogan won the seat, but both towns profited from the Conconully Dam Irrigation Project. The U.S. Reclamation Project began in 1907 and the dam was completed in 1910. When the irrigation canals were set in place within the next decade, the project watered over 10, 000 acres in the vicinity of Okanogan and Omak. It has continued to prosper with the fruit industry.
SubjectOmak Wash. -- Maps
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 217
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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