National Geographic : 1926 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE c( Asanel Curtis A MUTE WITNESS TO A ONE-TIME SUPER NIAGARA The cliffs in the background are known as the Grand Coulee of the Columbia River. Over them the Columbia once flowed to plunge more than 400 feet; but in most of its course this river has defied alike the processes of earth upheaval and lava intrusion, maintaining its channel through some startling convulsions of Nature. a half dozen sectors of the besieged river's dominions ? There they were-the Hiwassee, the Little Tennessee, the Pigeon, the French Broad, the Nolichucky, and the Watauga. Did ever a sovereign river have a hardier fleet of outlaw craft than this to reduce a fortress and capture a silver stream? The stage for the capture is craftily set. New River digs its way through the mountains of southwest Virginia, crosses the North Carolina line, and presently overpowers the headwaters of the north east fork of the ancient stream, leading them in triumph down through the Ka nawha into the Ohio. Linville River is not idle in its sector. It crashes the Blue Ridge ramparts at Linville Falls with a deadly blow and car ries off the waters in the basin headed by Linville Gap, dragging them down to the Catawba. The Tallulah in its turn meets with suc cess in its siege of the Georgia sector. It breaks through the gorge at Pulaski, where it divides its forces inside the mountains, sending one column of its white cavalry dashing westward beyond Tallulah Mountain, and the other, the Chattooga, northward, and runs up its black flag above a section of the southwest fork for its share of the loot.