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By Jim Fisher
For The Sentinel 

Festive centennial celebration at Wishram, Saturday


Vern Vasey collection

BACK IN THE DAY: Wishram celebrates its centennial this year. This photo was taken in the early years, before the town was built.

The community of Wishram will celebrate its long and eventful history this Saturday, marking 100 years since it was first officially incorporated into the county register.

In the fall of 1805, when the Lewis and Clark expedition first arrived at the Indian village that would one day be a bustling railroad town, they discovered three things of note: a massive set of waterfalls that would have to be navigated, the first wooden structures they had encountered since leaving Illinois, and according to Mr. Lewis "fleas so numerous that the men had to strip to the skin to brush the vermin from their bodies."

For the next 100 years the natives and fleas would remain relatively undisturbed by Euro...

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