St Paul’s Mission Kettle Falls

When our friends from the coast, Bob and Jan, came to visit last week we took an outing to see this historical site and to walk through the museum.

You can find some history of this area here.

History of Fort Colville can be found here.

“This grooved boulder was a favorite whetstone used by generations of Indians who camped at the south end of the fishery. Left there by the last glacier, it is made of amphibolite, more fine-grained than the local bedrock. The stone has been placed here in the same position in which it was used to sharpen the spear points, knives and other implements used to harvest the salmon.”

We stopped in to the museum and I only took a few photos.

While our friends were here we enjoyed a couple meals out and some meals in. By far the favorite meal was at El Ranchito where we were treated like royalty…again. We had lots of good conversation and relaxed time together. We said goodbye on Friday morning and after they left our little grandson was dropped off for a play date with Baba and Gramps while big sister went to a Preschool/homeschool co-op for a few hours.

More to come from our time with JJ.

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9 thoughts on “St Paul’s Mission Kettle Falls

    • I tried to find out where that name came from. Here’s the closest explanation I found; “The voyageurs call them the “Chaudiére,” or “Kettle Falls,” from the numerous round holes worn in the solid rocks by loose boulders. These boulders, being caught in the inequalities of rocks below the falls, are constantly driven round by the tremendous force of the current, and wear out holes as perfectly round and smooth as in the inner surface of a cast-iron kettle.”

  1. Seeing the monument with the mention of the Hudson Bay Company reminded me of how the British and the Americans both wanted all of the Columbia River watershed, but after negotiating decided upon the 49th Parallel as the border. The Hudson Bay Company was instrumental in setting up many towns in BC (and across the west). Sounds like a fun weekend.

  2. I’m glad that you were able to see your friends and take them to Kettle Falls. The geology looks interesting and the heritage a fascinating learning experience about days gone by.

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