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Flooded Cemeteries in Washington State

The Grand Coulee Dam began construction in 1933 along the Columbia River in Eastern Washington, and was completed in 1942, with modifications made between 1967 to 1974, and 1982 to 1988.

Certain cemeteries located near the banks of the Columbia in places that were expected to be flooded had to be evacuated, and bodies relocated to other cemeteries, even though the cemetery was not totally underwater, because the banks were eroding.

 


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