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By Don McManman
For The Sentinel 

Somewhere under the rainbow: Wishram history



WHICH WITCH WAS WHICH?: Wishram's existence brought attention to the fierce conflict between railway tsars. Those in the north were thought by some to be allegorically referenced as the "Wicked Witch of the North" in L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz.

Wishram goes back well over a century as a community, starting life as the village of Fallbridge. Yet, with its history, the entire Pacific Northwest should be appreciating the backbone of its economy.

It started here, in Wishram.

Wishram's very existence gave the cartographers acknowledgement to the bitter fight over development of the United States' northern tier-a conflict that stretched far from the 19th century into the 20th century. Some say L. Frank Baum's allegory tale about The Wizard of Oz was based upon northern railway tsars (the Wicked Witch of the North) and competing railroad chieftains.

Closer to home was James J. Hill, the self-styled "Empire Builder" who had developed a...

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