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Striking view from the Pacific Railroad Surveys. The survey notes:

"Fort Okinakane (Okanogan) is an old and ruinous establishment of the Hudson Bay Company." "The character of the Columbia along the western border of the Spokane Plain and as far as Fort Okinakane (Okanogan) is described as follows: 'Through a valley of about a mile in breadth, in which not a tree is to be seen and seldom even a bush, and which is bordered by steep walls of trap, lava, and sandstone, often arranged in a succession of high plateaux (plateau), or steps, the deep blue water of the Columbia flows with a rapid, powerful current; it is the only life-like object in the desert.'"