Spotlight: History Committee's 2018 Blog Pos ....

History Committee  |  July 2018

In July of 2018 the History Committee eblasted and posted on social media some blog posts as part of the Chapter's Committee Spotlights. The posts links can be found below.

Ice Age: Not the Movie
Remember Manny the Mastodon, Syd the Sloth, and the humongous ice dam that broke, saving their “herd” in the Ice Age movie.  Well, most of southeastern Washington was impacted by several massive real-life floods caused by the breakups of colossal ice dams in northern Idaho.  Read our History Committee blog HERE.

One of the most striking pieces of evidence for ice age floods are the Upper and Lower Grand Coulees between Soap lake and Grand Coulee Dam.  Over 900 feet of basalt rock layers were eroded by the flood from Glacial Lake Missoula surging through Glacial Lake Columbia. If you’re looking for something to do with your kids or grandkids that will blow their minds, take them on virtual and real-life tours on the trail of ice age floods.

Washington Chapter Golden Anniversary 2005-2006

In 2005-6, the Washington State Chapter APWA celebrated its Golden Anniversary. Bob Moorhead, Chapter Historian, encapsulated those glorious first 50 years in a series of articles in the Chapter’s PUBLICWorks Magazine.  All five of those articles are collected HERE.

As a result of a meeting of city engineers and public works directors held in 1955, 23 founding members signed a petition asking national APWA for permission to form a Washington State Chapter. The petition was accepted on July 26, 1955.  The first meeting of the Washington State Chapter was held at the Chinook Hotel in Yakima in May of 1956.  William A. Stancer, City of Tacoma, won the first Chapter President.  The attendance at this first state-wide conference was an impressive seventy people.


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