Nick Zentner of Central Washington University’s geology department asked me to talk about my views and recollections on geology as part of a series of interviews he has been conducting.
It was visits to the Grand Coulee and Dry Falls that I remember back in the 1930’s, as my father traveled often to the damsite. Dry Falls was an early state park, and that enormous artifact of the ice age floods is still the most prominent single feature of that time.
Caretaker of Dry Falls State Park in the thirties was G. T. Giezentanner, who orated about the place, lived with his wife in a stone cottage across the road from the falls. He was an older man, wrote a booklet entitled “The Chalice of the Gods” about Dry Falls.
The origins of the floods were not known at time, of course. But Dry Falls is still a key spot in the interpretation of flood history. Congress recognized its importance, although it did not bring money to the project.
But both state and federal park officials are planning the further recognition of those flood episodes.