Icons of Washington History

By Washington, Our Home|May 21, 2010|General|0 comments

I took a tour of the new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum called “Icons of Washington History.” Pretty interesting tour…although it could have been a lot better. However I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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My name is Erich R. Ebel. I was born in Spokane and moved to Colville, Bothell, Tacoma, and back to Spokane again, all before I was 14. I attended Washington State University in Pullman, graduated and moved back to Spokane. In 2000, I enlisted in the United State Army Reserve and spent six months at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Then it was back to Spokane. After six years, it was time to get out and see the world. And what better place to start than Las Vegas, Nevada! I met my beautiful wife while working at KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and after three years of suffering in the extreme heat and undeniably long nights, we were called back to Washington State. Landing first in Lakewood, we suffered for a year in an uncomfortably old and small apartment before a shooting and a kidnapping in our complex strongly urged us to leave town. After relocating to Lacey, we have now settled and spend as much time as we can exploring the fine facets of this beautiful state. From Tenino to Tonasket, Brewster to Blaine and Vader to Vancouver, I have enjoyed every moment of this great state.


  1. I think the spearhead was a Clovis Point, from about 10,000 years ago. The Clovis People it seems were here before the modern ‘native Americans’ and they had these really cool spearheads made out of a white stone of some kind.

    Also, I used to go to a catholic school in Yakima that used desks that still had ink wells in them. We weren’t allowed to use ’em, though. They had invented ball point pens by then.

    When we lived in Tacoma, you and I went charter fishing right over the remains of Gertie, because the fish use the structure underwater as protective habitat. It also snags a ton of gear!

  2. I think you’re right about the Clovis spearhead. Our “tour guide” (who was the director of the museum) mentioned something about it being around 10,000 years old. The inkwell is believed to be the one used by Lewis and Clark themselves, as it was found near Fort Vancouver on the L&C trail. And the brick was used in a hearth by Spanish (Mexican by today’s borders) workers. As he said, the oldest “American,” “Euro-American” and “Native American” items ever found in the state.

  3. I think the bottle was a Clovis Brew, from about 10,000 years ago or maybe the mid-70’s. The Clovis People it seems were here before the modern ‘pub crawlers’ and they had these really cool local beers made out of malted barley, hops, and local fresh water. Seems they didn’t figure out that yeast was an ingredient, though, since Pasteur was the first to prove their existence in 1857. Hence why Clovis man vanished in an epidemic of sobriety.

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