Orchardist Forrest Baugher stands on his land alongside the Yakima River, just below the Union Gap dam. In 1884, a photographer surnamed Partridge took a photo of a teepee erected near the site of the Yakima Indian War of 1855, says David Lynx, Yakima Valley Museum photo archivist.
The “war” comprised two battles (a month apart) and eight deaths. Yakama chief Kamiakin had resisted signing a treaty that ceded millions of acres to the U.S. government, but by 1858, the tribe had been forced to give up 90 percent of its land. The crews cleaning the Yakima Canal (shown above), which runs parallel to the river at this point, might have included Baugher’s Grandpa George, who earlier helped dredge the canal. —JS