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White Bluffs–North Slope Professional Review and Guide
"The mighty Columbia River has been called the Heart of the West. Lewis and Clark and their famous Corps of Discovery journeyed along the wild waters of the Columbia nearly two hundred years ago as they sought to open the West to U.S. expansion. The river is filled with the waters from millions of acres of wilderness, but humans long ago tamed this massive river—at least most of it. Purely through serendipity, the lonely Hanford Reach is the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River. This section was undammed simply because the sensitive nature of the work being done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation prevented such massive projects as a dam from being completed within its borders. The Hanford Reach can be seen from the long stretch of the White Bluffs."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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