Soap Lake, Washington (Images of America Series)

Soap Lake, Washington (Images of America Series)

by Kathleen Kiefer


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Soap Lake is located in eastern Washington at the southern end of the Lower Grand Coulee. Carved by the erosive forces of cataclysmic floods, the lake paints a serene portrait across a landscape framed with rugged basalt cliffs and talus slopes. After thousands of years, groundwater leaching through hundreds of feet of basalt created the lake, which has a high concentration of sulfate, carbonate, bicarbonate, sodium, and chloride and a pH at or close to 10.0. Prior to the development of penicillin and sulfa drugs in the 1940s, Soap Lake became widely known for the healing quality of its waters, attracting thousands of visitors each summer, some of whom arrived on stretchers at the nearby train station.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738596518
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 04/22/2013
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Local photographer and filmmaker Kathleen Kiefer moved to Soap Lake in 1980. A year later, she began publishing a local newspaper. Thus began her quest to learn about and document the history of the town. She credits the use of photographs to the many wonderful people who grew up in Soap Lake who were willing to share their images and stories. In 2004, she produced an award-winning documentary about Soap Lake. Additional information about Soap Lake can be found at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Arrivals 9

2 Soap Lake Salt Products 15

3 A Growing Spa Town 23

4 The Hotel Boom 29

5 Train Station and Change 43

6 Queen of the Salt Mine 57

7 Accommodating Growth 63

8 Buerger's Disease 91

9 Growing Up in Soap Lake 97

10 Suds 'N Sun 123

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