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History in My Backyard

Selah – Naches Irrigation Flume

A few days ago we had a light snow.  I gazed our from my kitchen window and became fixated on the wonderful piece of history in my backyard.  The snow provided a nice contrast between the irrigation flume’s wood structure and the sagebrush speckled background.

This piece of history was built in 1892 to provide irrigation water to the Selah Valley.  Over the years, much of the canal has been upgraded and the wooden flumes torn down.  I am lucky to have one of the few remaining sections above my home.  I currently get my irrigation water directly from this flume.  Sadly, it won’t be for too many additional years.  Plans are to replace this section with an underground pipe.  So until funds are available, I will enjoy what remains of our little bit of history.

Looking Up

Selah Ridge

Looking up between the rows of trees, I can catch glimpses of the Selah Ridge.  The sagebrush covered hill sides are what the land is like without irrigation.  The strip of basalt rock is from the great Columbia Basin lava flows which occurred 14-6 million years ago.  It was pushed up as part of the Yakima folds development.