Natural and Human History

Upper Columbia Fur Men: The First Arrivals Onward

By Mike Reeb

History, 294 pages; 6″ x 9″


In this sequel to his first book, “Inland Salish Journey: Fur Trade to Settlement,” author Mike Reeb delivers an authoritative account of the French-Canadian fur trade era, tracking the careers of the pioneer “fur men” in the primitive Northwest from 1800-1870.

With illustrations, maps, and rare photographs, Reeb documents the trappers’ quest for furs – an adventurous and risky enterprise that often resulted in accidents, disease, and violent deaths for the trappers, as well as both conflicts and harmony with the indigenous peoples of the frontier.

Included as a special section in the appendix is “The Upper Columbia Pioneer Trappers,” supplement, featuring the biographies of four men who were the first to rove the region for furs.

Author Mike Reeb has devoted more than two decades researching the history of the fur trade – as well as more than a half century as a trapper himself, following the footsteps of the mountain men. A resident of Ponderay, Idaho, the career forester – along with his wife, Joy – has revisited many key Northwest locations of the fur traders and indigenous peoples. For history buffs, Reeb’s passion and vast knowledge of the subject matter are now documented for all to enjoy.

Price: $19.50

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Inland Salish Journey: Fur Trade to Settlement

By Mike Reeb

History, 318 pages; 6″ x 9″

ISBN: 978-1-879628-47-2

A grand history of the fascinating fur trade era and the Inland Salish Indians.

The years 1800 to 1877 brought the earliest fur traders, then the first white settlers to the Northern Rockies – the land of the Inland Salish Indians who shared a common language and customs. Drawn from source documents as well as journals, manuscripts and early published works, this book is the most comprehensive history yet of the fascinating fur trade era and the interactions between the Inland Salish and new arrivals.

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Price: $19.00

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By Robert Carson

Nonfiction, 550 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Softcover, full color

ISBN 978-1-879628-85-4

“There is no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.”

If the famous statement that helped formulate the science of geology can apply to lives, it surely fits in the case of Robert J. Carson – whose lifelong calling as a geologist is inextricably tied to his love of nature, the outdoors, and all of the Earth. As he tells in this memoir, it was a love kindled from his earliest childhood and has led him to a life of adventures in the farthest corners of the globe. From mountain climbing to whitewater rafting, exploring canyons and caverns to merely hiking amid natural beauty, he shares in his personal story a zest and appreciation for all of the natural world … in a way that shows no prospect of an end.

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Price: $38.00

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Fishes of the Columbia Basin – 2nd Edition

A guide to their natural history and identification

By Dennis Dauble

Nonfiction, 212 pages, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, 147 illustrations, glossary, list of fish species, index and 16 pages of color plates

ISBN 978-1-879628-50-2

For anyone who has a natural curiosity about the abundant variety of fish species in the Columbia Basin, fisheries biologist and author Dennis Dauble answers familiar questions and delves into a variety of factors related to 60-plus species in the second edition of his guidebook, Fishes of the Columbia Basin. The guide features 147 illustrations plus 16 pages of color plates, information on identifying each species plus information on their biology and behavior, and reference materials. If you’re on a quest for fishes and the places they live, Fishes of the Columbia Basin is an indispensable guide.

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Price: $17.00

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Legendary Lake Pend Oreille: Idaho’s Wilderness of Water

By Jane Fritz and Friends

Nonfiction, 416 pages plus photo sections, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, 100+ photos, 16 pages of color plates, 16-page Ross Hall classic photos section, and fold-out color map by Terrapen Geographics.

ISBN 978-1-879628-33-5

Legendary Lake Pend Oreille is far more than a recreationist’s directory: Rich with sketches about biology and botany, loaded with fascinating historical lore, and abundantly illustrated, this is a bible for Lake Pend Oreille.

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Price: $26.00

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The Blues

Natural history of the Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington

By Robert J. Carson

208 pages, 11″ x 8.5″; coffee-table format
Hardcover, fullcolor photographs, maps, and illustrations

ISBN 978-1-879628-54-0

The Blue Mountains, stretching south of Walla Walla into central Oregon, are one of the Pacific Northwest’s iconic mountain ranges. Formed by successive periods of volcanic activity, home to diverse forest and grassland ecosystems, and rich in wildlife, the Blues have long held a special fascination for all who live in and recreate in the range’s embrace.

Now the Blues’ unique natural history is the subject of this new book – the first volume ever to take its readers deep into the story of the range’s creation and history.
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Price: $38.00

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On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches

Second printing!
A geological field guide to northern Idaho and the Channeled Scabland

By Bruce Bjornstad and Eugene Kiver

Nonfiction, 480 pages, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, 400 black-and-white illustrations, maps and photos, 50 color plates, index

ISBN 978-1-879628-39-7

Following up on his first volume, On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A geological field guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin, geologist Bruce Bjornstad joined forces with colleague Eugene Kiver to guide readers upstream – northward into the Channeled Scabland and northern Idaho in The Northern Reaches. Illustrated with 400 maps, schematics, photos and illustrations, including 32 pages of color plates, On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches provides a clear, concise and easily useable guide to the remarkable geologic record of the great Ice Age floods.

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Price: $26.00

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On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods

A geological field guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin

By Bruce Bjornstad

Nonfiction, 308 pages, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, 262 black-and-white illustrations, maps and photos, 20 color plates, index, in its fourth printing

ISBN 978-1-879628-27-4

In this first volume of On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods, geologist Bruce Bjornstad explores those legendary floods, explains the features they created, and guides readers to trails and tours in the Mid-Columbia Basin to witness the floods’ awesome power for themselves. This readable, useable field guide is rich in detail and makes the Ice Age floods tale more fascinating and intriguing than ever.

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Price: $19.00

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Glacial Geologic Map

Glacial Geologic Map of North Idaho and the Shaded Relief Map of Northern Idaho and Parts of Western Montana and Eastern Washington

This two-sided map includes a map titled Glacial Geologic Map of North Idaho on the front and Shaded Relief Map of Northern Idaho and parts of Western Montana and Eastern Washington on the second side.  Glacial Geologic Map of North Idaho is a color map produced at the scale of approximately 1/175,000 and represents over 30 years of research and fieldwork by Dr. Roy Breckenridge, Former Idaho State Geologist and VP of Coeur du Deluge Chapter. The second author of this map was Dean Garwood, who following Roy’s passing organized Roy’s information and using his GIS skills put together multiple layers of information to produce the Final Map. The map is in commemoration of Roy and his dedication to the fields of Geology and Education and his commitment to our chapter and the Ice Age Floods Institute.

The back or second-side of this map is also a color map that was generated by Dean Garwood.  This shaded colorized relief model was overlain with other important geographic information to make the map more useful.  The shaded relief map was printed at a scale of approximately 1/198,000 and therefore covers a larger area on the Inland Northwest.

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Click to see back

This large map is 33.75″ x 21.5″, and can be purchased either flat for wall display, or folded for use in the field.

Price: $9.95

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Finding the Light Within

My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust

By Mary Friedmann Berges

Autobiography, 162 pages, 6″ x 9″

ISBN 9781090532152

Mary Friedmann Berges, a resident of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, shares her story of loss and love in her new memoir, “Finding the Light Within: My Journey of Healing After the Holocaust.”

Mary’s story begins in Belgium, where she was born in 1935. She recalls an early childhood filled with love and laughter in a Jewish family that included her older brother, mother, and father. Then, during World War II in the 1940s, millions of people were sent to concentration camps and killed as part of the German policy to eradicate all European Jews. Thousands of Jewish children survived the carnage, however, because they were hidden by their parents with friends and relatives, or in Catholic orphanages. Mary was one of those children.

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Price: $13.95

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Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake

Edited by Kris Runberg Smith

Nonfiction, 224 pages, 6″ x 9″
Softcover, 144 black-and-white photos, index

ISBN 978-1-879628-31-1

This collection of oral histories recorded of numerous pioneers, Pioneer Voices of Priest Lake, provides a fascinating window into the past of Priest Lake, Idaho, before World War II through the words of those who actually experienced it.

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Price: $17.00

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North of the Narrows

Men and Women of the Upper Priest Lake Country, Idaho

By Claude & Catherine Simpson

Nonfiction, 312 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″
Softcover, 115 black-and-white photos and illustrations, index, first printed in 1981

ISBN 978-1-879628-04-5

An Idaho classic now in its sixth printing, North of the Narrows tells the personal stories of the men and women who first settled the Upper Priest Lake region of northern Idaho. This perennial favorite has been in print for more than 30 years  and celebrates those freedom-loving people who created their own way of life on Priest Lake during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Price: $16.00

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Out of the Night

By Irene Bennett Dunn

Nonfiction, 128 pages, 6″ x 9″

ISBN 1-879268-16-3

In Out of the Night, Irene Bennett Dunn relates the tragic night of August 17, 1959, when an historic earthquake and resulting landslide killed four members of her family, and how she rebuilt her life after that terrible trauma.

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Price: $10.95

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East of Yellowstone

Geology of Clarks Fork Valley and the nearby Beartooth and Absaroka Mountains

By Bob Carson

Foreword by Don Snow; photography by Duane Scroggins
Nonfiction, 184 pages, 11″ x 8.5″
Softcover, road logs, bibliographic references, full color with 138 illustrations including photos and maps

ISBN 978-1-879628-38-0

East of Yellowstone invites the curious into the dramatic geologic beauty of the Clarks Fork Valley just east of the world’s first national park, as guided by geologist and professor Bob Carson. Featuring beautiful images by photographer Duane Scroggins, this book is essential to exploring the geology along roads and trails outside Yellowstone National Park.

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Price: $25.00

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Many Waters

Natural History of the Walla Walla Valley and Vicinity

Edited by Robert Carson

Nonfiction; 224-page; 11″ x 8.5″
Softcover, full color

ISBN: 978-1-879628-48-9

Many Waters is a testament to the beauty of an extraordinary place. From the Blue Mountains to the Columbia River, southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, in particular the Walla Walla Valley, is a remarkable region, one that American Indians called Wallah Wallah, or Many Waters. And for good reason. It’s always been a bountiful place with its rich soils and streams teeming with fish.

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Price: $35.00

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Where the Great River Bends

A natural and human history of the Columbia at Wallula

Edited by Robert J. Carson

Nonfiction, 240 pages, 11″ x 8.5″
Softcover, full color, 264 illustrations including historic photographs and paintings, index, road log and bibliographic references

ISBN 978-1-879628-32-8

In Where the Great River Bends, Bob Carson and his colleagues tell a fascinating story through the prism of Wallula, the historic gateway to the Columbia Plateau – a striking land where the forces of geology worked on a spectacular scale, of a desert oasis where Native Americans, explorers, fur traders, promoters and entrepreneurs, and modern-day agriculturalists and wind farmers have all made their mark. Wallula Gap and its signature geologic feature, the Twin Sisters, are notable features left behind by colossal Ice Age floods.

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Price: $35.00

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Driving Past

Tours of Historical Sites in Bonner County, Idaho

By Nancy Renk

Nonfiction, 380 pages plus photos, 6″ x 9″

ISBN: 978-0-9850554-2-4

Hit the road and travel back into Bonner County’s rich and colorful past!

Explore Bonner Country’s history from the comfort of your car (or your armchair) with his handy, easy-to-follow guidebook. Packed with information, Driving Past helps you discover gems of local lore while enjoying spectacular vistas along each route. Each tour has been meticulously researched and includes maps, directions, distances, stories, and photos about the places, people, and events that shaped Bonner County. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just visiting the area for a day or two, Driving past will deepen your appreciation fo the region and its roots.

Proceeds from the sale of Driving Past benefit the museum and historical society.

*Not available for retailer discount

Price: $19.95

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An Illustrated History of Fort Walla Walla

By James Payne and Laura Schulz

History, 65 pages; 11″ x 8.5″; 173 illustrations
Softcover, full color

ISBN 978-0-615-56944-4

This 68-page, full color, softcover book describes the history of Fort Walla Walla from 1821 to 1910 through engaging text richly illustrated with historic images and artifacts.

Published by the Fort Walla Walla Museum located in Walla Walla, Washington, the book contains details about the original fort built by Hudson’s Bay Company that was followed by one of the longest-occupied military posts in the Northwest. It also includes the full text of Capt. F. H. Pope’s 1908 history of the fort.

“An Illustrated History of Fort Walla Walla” is an excellent companion to Keokee’s other titles on the history and natural history of the fascinating and beautiful Walla Walla Valley, “Where the Great River Bends” and   “Many Waters.

*Not available for retailer discount


Price: $18.95

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