Gathering Our Voice

2009 Quincy Voice

The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum is leading a project entitled, “The Rains Have Gone Around … Water in the Quincy Valley,” that will explore the importance of water and highlight good stewardship of this precious resource. (Click on photos for a larger view and see timeline at bottom of page.)

Listen to segments of interviews with
people from Quincy.


Rex Morgan talks about stewardship.
Rex Morgan – Stewardship (MP3) [audio:|titles=RexMorganWaterEconomyStewardship]

Bill Watson talks about stewardship.
Bill Watson – Stewardship (MP3)


Rex Morgan talks about adapting.
Rex Morgan – Changes in Irrigation (MP3)


Bill Watson talks about learning.
Bill Watson – Learning (MP3)


Bill Watson talks about cooperating.
Bill Watson – Community Cooperation (MP3)

Bill Watson – Farm in a Day (MP3)

Bill Watson – Working Together (MP3)


Rex Morgan talks about appreciating.
Rex Morgan – Quincy Water Simple (MP3)

Rex Morgan – Appreciating Quincy (MP3)

Rex Morgan – Jackrabbit Cistern (MP3)


Bill Watson talks about hoping.
Bill Watson – Coming to Water (MP3)

Bill Watson – Pre and Post Water Yields(MP3)

Rex Morgan talks about hoping.
Rex Morgan – Quincy Arrival (MP3)

1903 -First Annual U.S. Congressional Reclamation Service Report mentions securing water for the dry Columbia plains in the “Big Bend
1906 -Proposal to bring water to Quincy basin from the Wenatchee River at Tumwater Canyon outlined in the Wenatchee Republic newspaper
-Alternate idea to bring water from Coeur d’Alene area looked into
-Rufus Woods deeply involved in the discussions on providing
water to the Quincy basin for agricultural development
1909 -Quincy residents demonstrate in the streets of Spokane at the National Irrigation Congress to rally support for irrigation. They sang a multi-verse, crudely written tune called “Quincyland, My Quincyland” (to the tune of the old hymn Beulah Land), to rally support
1913 -Washington State appropriates $10,000, matched by U.S. Dept. of the Interior to run a feasibility study on irrigating the Columbia Basin
1922 -The Batcheller Report issued, which outlined three plans to bring water from the Grand Coulee
1933 -WA State Columbia Basin Commission established by Congress
-$63 million allocated by U.S. for construction of the Grand Coulee Dam
-Frank Banks was appointed construction Engineer of the Dam
1934 -FDR dedicates the site of the Grand Coulee Dam
1935 -Plans for the dam changed from a “low” style to a “high” style dam
-Bill passed Congress authorizing the Grand Coulee Dam Project
1938 -WPA (Works Progress Administration) began clearing for Lake Roosevelt
1939 -Quincy Irrigation District was formed
1941 -Main structure of Grand Coulee Dam was completed
1943 -Excavation was started on the main canal, marking the beginning of the construction phase of the irrigated portion of the Project
1950 -Pres. Truman named and dedicated the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam, designating it Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake
1953 -Water arrives in the Quincy Valley
1955 -The Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project (irrigated portion) named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven modern wonders of the Civil Engineering in the U.S.