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Columbia River

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The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. It flows northwest and then south into the US state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state of Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven US states and a Canadian province. The fourth-largest river in the United States by volume, the Columbia has the greatest flow of any North American river entering the Pacific.
The Columbia and its tributaries have been central to the region's culture and economy for thousands of years. They have been used for transportation since ancient times, linking the region's many cultural groups. The river system hosts many species of anadromous fish, which migrate between freshwater habitats and the saline waters of the Pacific Ocean. These fish—especially the salmon species—provided the core subsistence for native peoples.
In the late 18th century, a private American ship became the first non-indigenous vessel to enter the river; it was followed by a British explorer, who navigated past the Oregon Coast Range into the Willamette Valley. In the following decades, fur trading companies used the Columbia as a key transportation route. Overland explorers entered the Willamette Valley through the scenic but treacherous Columbia River Gorge, and pioneers began to settle the valley in increasing numbers. Steamships along the river linked communities and facilitated trade; the arrival of railroads in the late 19th century, many running along the river, supplemented these links.
Since the late 19th century, public and private sectors have heavily developed the river. To aid ship and barge navigation, locks have been built along the lower Columbia and its tributaries, and dredging has opened, maintained, and enlarged shipping channels. Since the early 20th century, dams have been built across the river for power generation, navigation, irrigation, and flood control. The 14 hydroelectric dams on the Columbia's main stem and many more on its tributaries produce more than 44 percent of total US hydroelectric generation. Production of nuclear power has taken place at two sites along the river. Plutonium for nuclear weapons was produced for decades at the Hanford Site, which is now the most contaminated nuclear site in the US. These developments have greatly altered river environments in the watershed, mainly through industrial pollution and barriers to fish migration.
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Columbia River

Columbia River

River in North America

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  • Result Score: 1232.33

Columbia River

Nature preserve in the United States of America

Steamboats of the Columbia River

River

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Columbia River High School

Columbia River High School

Public school in Vancouver, Washington

Columbia River Knife & Tool

Columbia River Knife & Tool

Company

Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

Fish

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  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 323.11
Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway

Highway in Oregon

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  • Result Score: 314.26
Vancouver

Vancouver

City in Washington

Columbia River Washington Temple

Columbia River Washington Temple

Temple in Washington

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Museum in Astoria, Oregon

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  • Type: Thing, Corporation, Place, Organization, TouristAttraction, Museum
  • Result Score: 263.60

Columbia River Estuary

Estuary

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Eulachon

Eulachon

Fish

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  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 255.12
Interstate 84 in Oregon

Interstate 84 in Oregon

Highway in the United States of America

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  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 253.35
Columbia River Crossing

Columbia River Crossing

Bridge

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  • Type: Bridge, Place, Thing, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 243.84

Columbia Plateau

Region in Benton County, Washington

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  • Type: Place, Mountain, Thing
  • Result Score: 229.29

The Columbia River Collection

Compilation album by Woody Guthrie

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  • Result Score: 226.07
Columbia River Bridge

Columbia River Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Wenatchee, Washington

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  • Result Score: 214.88

Alpha Media

Company

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  • Type: Corporation, Thing, Organization
  • Result Score: 209.91

Columbia River redband trout

Fish

Signal crayfish

Signal crayfish

Animal

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  • Type: Thing
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Lewis and Clark Bridge

Lewis and Clark Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Rainier, Oregon

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  • Type: Thing, Bridge, Place, TouristAttraction, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 185.02
Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River

River in Idaho

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  • Type: Place, Thing, BodyOfWater, TouristAttraction, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 179.85
Northern pikeminnow

Northern pikeminnow

Fish

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  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 177.71

Columbia River

Vertical-lift bridge in the United States of America

  • Knowledge graph id: kg:/m/03snk1
  • Type: Thing, Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Bridge, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 173.55
Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 9.6

Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 9.6

Truss bridge in Portland, Oregon

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  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place, Bridge
  • Result Score: 173.37

Columbia River Shipbuilding Company

Shipbuilding company

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  • Type: Thing, Organization, Corporation
  • Result Score: 171.44
Fort Astoria

Fort Astoria

Park in Astoria, Oregon

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  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, CivicStructure, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place
  • Result Score: 165.95

Columbia River

Bridge in Okanogan County, Washington

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  • Type: Place, Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Bridge
  • Result Score: 157.18

Columbia River Entertainment Group

Record label

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  • Type: Thing, Organization, Corporation
  • Result Score: 150.78
British Columbia

British Columbia

Canadian Province

Columbia River

Song by Woody Guthrie

Columbia River

Song by Woody Guthrie

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  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 146.11

Columbia River

Song by Lomelda

Redside shiner

Redside shiner

Fish

Largescale sucker

Largescale sucker

Fish

Columbia River

Song by Lomelda

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  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 141.38

Columbia River

Highway in Washington

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  • Type: Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 141.23

Columbia River

Song by Lomelda

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  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 139.14
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