Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vi

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Introduction: Find the River: The Present and Historical Elwha

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pp. 1-4

To hikers moving up the Elwha River from the Whiskey Bend trailhead, the river is a teasing presence, lying far below, with the trail providing occasional glimpses. But upon reaching Hume’s Ranch and breaking from the trail down to the river itself, the sound gathers up...

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Chapter 1: Strong River, Strong People: The Early History of the Elwha River and the Lower Elwha Klallam Indians

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pp. 5-36

The Elwha River is located on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, on the southern shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, nestled under the shadows and dark forests of the Olympic Mountains. On this far northwestern corner of the continental United States, storms...

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Chapter 2: "And What Would Be the Possibilities of That Power?" The Damming of the Elwha River

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pp. 37-86

The Americans migrating into the Elwha River and Port Angeles area carried a complex set of ideas about nature, land, and resource use. Nevertheless, in the early stages of settlement, new arrivals were compelled to eke out an existence highly dependent on the natural...

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Chapter 3: Fighting a Losing Battle: Preserving Fisheries on the Elwha and Other Pacific Northwest Rivers in the Dam-building Era

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pp. 87-132

With the collapse of the Elwha River’s fisheries and the failure of the hatchery, the river’s meaning had been successfully reduced to that of a source of industrial power to most residents of the region. However, the continuing decline of the fishery, the downstream...

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Chapter 4: Meaning Runs Through It: Reconverting the Elwha from Industrial River to Salmon River

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pp. 133-167

“Torpedo the Dams, Full Speed Ahead,” declared the flyer announcing a party to celebrate the impending demolition of the two dams on the Elwha River, located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, about six miles west of Port Angeles. River...

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Conclusion: Find the River: Restoration and the New Elwha River

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pp. 168-214

This book landed on bookshelves mere months after the dams were removed. Even as the Elwha’s story found readers, and the author checked the book’s rank on Amazon, the first salmon began nosing their way past the old dam sites into an expansive river ecosystem of...

Notes

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pp. 215-237

Bibliography

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pp. 238-245

Index

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pp. 246-250