Mike Scellick’s interest in local history has led him beyond his ownership of the Nat Washington home to a concept of adding historic billboards, or small kiosks to the Ephrata community.
And he has followed that idea up with installing a bit of history just around the corner from his Ephrata Athletic Club on First Avenue. It has historic Ephrata street scenes from the World War I era, plus a Life Magazine photo of Billy Clapp and Rufus Woods sitting in front of Clapp’s office in 1939.
It was 20 years prior to that Clapp had given Woods his story of proposing Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin irrigation. That story in the Wenatchee Daily World helped start interest in an organization to promote the idea, headed in its initial years by Nat Washington Sr.,who lost his life drowning in the Columbia.
Scellick would like to see the local history on a whole lot of similar billboards around Ephrata.