Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1996

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Kent D. Richards

Second Committee Member

Earl T. Glauert

Third Committee Member

Z. Kramar


Pioneering of the Royal Slope in central Washington State is explored. Interviews with original settlers, especially those who arrived in 1955 and 1956, the first two years in which water from The Columbia Basin Project was available for farming on the Royal Slope, are the primary sources used. An overview of earlier attempts to settle the area without the benefit of water and power is also included.