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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

  • Desc: 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.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River
  • Type: Thing, BodyOfWater, Place, RiverBodyOfWater
  • Result Score: 1232.24

Columbia River

Nature preserve in the United States of America

  • Desc: The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range, forming the boundary between the state of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south.
  • URL: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Gorge
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 499.85
Columbia River High School

Columbia River High School

Public school in Vancouver, Washington

  • Desc: Columbia River High School is a public high school in Vancouver, Washington, United States. It is part of the Vancouver School District. The school was opened to students in 1962. Columbia River has over 1,200 students. Columbia River is a magnet school in the VSD for the International Baccalaureate Program.
  • URL: http://river.vansd.org/
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_High_School
  • Type: Thing, School, EducationalOrganization, Organization, Place
  • Result Score: 375.94

Steamboats of the Columbia River

River

  • Desc: Many steamboats operated on the Columbia River and its tributaries, in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, from about 1850 to 1981. Major tributaries of the Columbia that formed steamboat routes included the Willamette and Snake rivers.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboats_of_the_Columbia_River
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 373.16
Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway

Highway in Oregon

  • Desc: The Historic Columbia River Highway is an approximately 75-mile-long scenic highway in the U.S. state of Oregon between Troutdale and The Dalles, built through the Columbia River Gorge between 1913 and 1922.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_Columbia_River_Highway
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 330.15
Columbia River Knife & Tool

Columbia River Knife & Tool

Company

  • Desc: Columbia River Knife & Tool, Inc. is an American knife company established in 1994, and currently based in Tualatin, Oregon, United States. The company's president and sales executive is Rod Bremer and the finance executive is Peggy Bremer.
  • URL: http://www.crkt.com
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Knife_%26_Tool
  • Type: Corporation, Thing, Organization
  • Result Score: 328.26
Rainbow trout

Rainbow trout

Fish

  • Desc: The rainbow trout is a trout and species of salmonid native to cold-water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean in Asia and North America.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_trout
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 326.29
Vancouver

Vancouver

City in Washington

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Columbia River Maritime Museum

Museum in Astoria, Oregon

  • Desc: The Columbia River Maritime Museum is a museum of maritime history in the northwest United States, located about ten miles southeast of the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Maritime_Museum
  • Type: Corporation, Thing, Organization, TouristAttraction, Museum
  • Result Score: 269.70
Columbia River Washington Temple

Columbia River Washington Temple

Temple in Washington

Eulachon

Eulachon

Fish

  • Desc: The eulachon, also called the candlefish, is a small anadromous ocean fish, a smelt found along the Pacific coast of North America from northern California to Alaska.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eulachon
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 266.67

Columbia River Estuary

Estuary

  • Desc: The Columbia River Estuary is an estuary and a bay on the Oregon–Washington border and the Pacific Coast of the United States. If the Columbia River Estuary is defined by the region that experiences ocean tides, then the estuary extends up the Columbia River to Bonneville Dam and up the Willamette River to Willamette Falls.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Estuary
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 258.08
Columbia River Crossing

Columbia River Crossing

Bridge

  • Desc: The Columbia River Crossing was a joint freeway megaproject from 2005 to 2013 between Oregon and Washington, which proposed to widen and modernize Interstate 5 where it crossed the Columbia River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Crossing
  • Type: Bridge, Thing, Place
  • Result Score: 247.83

Columbia River

Highway in the United States of America

Columbia Plateau

Region in Benton County, Washington

  • Desc: The Columbia Plateau is a geologic and geographic region that lies across parts of the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It is a wide flood basalt plateau between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, cut through by the Columbia River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_Plateau
  • Type: Mountain, Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 227.72

Columbia River redband trout

Fish

Alpha Media

Company

  • Desc: Alpha Media LLC is a radio broadcasting company based in Portland, Oregon and led by Bob Proffitt. The group does business under the Alpha Media name.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_Media
  • Type: Thing, Organization, Corporation
  • Result Score: 208.79

The Columbia River Collection

Compilation album by Woody Guthrie

  • Desc: The Columbia River Collection, originally released as the Columbia River Ballads, is a compilation album of songs folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote during his visit to the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington in 1941.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Columbia_River_Collection
  • Type: Thing, MusicAlbum
  • Result Score: 204.89
Signal crayfish

Signal crayfish

Animal

  • Desc: The signal crayfish is a North American species of crayfish. It was introduced to Europe in the 1960s to supplement the Scandinavian Astacus astacus fisheries, which were being damaged by crayfish plague, but the imports turned out to be a carrier of that disease.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_crayfish
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 204.42
Columbia River Bridge

Columbia River Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Wenatchee, Washington

  • Desc: The Columbia River Bridge at Wenatchee, Washington, also known as the Old Wenatchee Bridge, was built by the Washington Bridge Company in 1908, primarily as a means to carry irrigation water pipelines across the Columbia River.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_River_Bridge_(Wenatchee,_Washington)
  • Type: Bridge, Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, Place, TouristAttraction
  • Result Score: 198.00
Northern pikeminnow

Northern pikeminnow

Fish

  • Desc: The northern pikeminnow, or Columbia River dace is a large member of the minnow family, Cyprinidae. This predatory freshwater fish is native to northwestern North America, ranging from the Nass River basin to the Columbia River basin.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_pikeminnow
  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 188.90
Clark Fork River

Clark Fork River

River in Idaho

  • Desc: The Clark Fork, or the Clark Fork of the Columbia River, is a river in the U.S. states of Montana and Idaho, approximately 310 miles long.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clark_Fork_River
  • Type: RiverBodyOfWater, TouristAttraction, Thing, BodyOfWater, Place
  • Result Score: 185.15
Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 9.6

Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 9.6

Truss bridge in Portland, Oregon

  • Desc: Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge 9.6 or BNSF Railway Bridge 9.6, also known as the Columbia River Railroad Bridge, is through truss railway bridge across the Columbia River, between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, owned and operated by BNSF Railway.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington_Northern_Railroad_Bridge_9.6
  • Type: Bridge, Thing, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 178.85
Lewis and Clark Bridge

Lewis and Clark Bridge

Cantilever bridge in Rainier, Oregon

  • Desc: The Lewis and Clark Bridge is a cantilever bridge that spans the Columbia River between Longview, Washington and Rainier, Oregon. At the time of completion, it had the longest cantilever span in the United States. The bridge was opened on March 29, 1930, as a privately owned bridge named the Longview Bridge. The $5.8 million cost was recovered by tolls, $1.00 for cars and $.10 for pedestrians. At the time it was the longest and highest cantilever bridge in the United States. The state of Washington purchased the bridge in 1947 and the tolls were removed in 1965 after the bridge was paid for. In 1980, the bridge was rededicated as the Lewis and Clark Bridge in honor of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The deck was replaced in 2003–04 at a cost of $29.2 million. The bridge is 8,288 ft long with 210 ft of vertical clearance. The main span is 1,200 ft long and the top of the bridge is 340 ft above the river. It was designed by Joseph Strauss, engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1982, the bridge was entered on the National Register of Historic Places, as the Longview Bridge.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_Bridge_(Columbia_River)
  • Type: Thing, TouristAttraction, Bridge, Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 170.98
Fort Astoria

Fort Astoria

Park in Astoria, Oregon

  • Desc: Fort Astoria was the primary fur trading post of John Jacob Astor's Pacific Fur Company. A maritime contingent of PFC staff was sent on board the Tonquin, while another party traveled overland from St. Louis.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Astoria
  • Type: Thing, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings, CivicStructure, TouristAttraction, Place
  • Result Score: 166.36
Interstate Bridge

Interstate Bridge

Vertical-lift bridge

  • Desc: The Interstate Bridge is a pair of nearly identical steel vertical-lift, "Parker type" through-truss bridges that carry Interstate 5 traffic over the Columbia River between Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon in the United States.
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_Bridge
  • Type: Bridge, Thing, Place, TouristAttraction, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 161.05

Columbia River

Bridge in Okanogan County, Washington

Columbia River Shipbuilding Company

Shipbuilding company

Largescale sucker

Largescale sucker

Fish

Columbia River Entertainment Group

Record label

  • Type: Thing, Corporation, Organization
  • Result Score: 150.06

Columbia River

Song by Woody Guthrie

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 148.77

Columbia River

Song by Woody Guthrie

  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 146.11

Columbia River

Song by Lomelda

  • Type: Thing, MusicRecording
  • Result Score: 144.54
Redside shiner

Redside shiner

Fish

British Columbia

British Columbia

Canadian Province

  • Desc: British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.034 million as of 2019, it is Canada's third-most populous province.
  • URL: http://www.gov.bc.ca
  • Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Columbia
  • Type: Thing, AdministrativeArea, Place
  • Result Score: 144.34

Columbia River

Song by Lomelda

  • Type: Thing
  • Result Score: 143.15

Columbia River Quarantine Station

Building

  • Type: Thing, CivicStructure, TouristAttraction, Place, LandmarksOrHistoricalBuildings
  • Result Score: 139.79
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