The Columbia Basin of Central Washington has a relatively recent Latter-day Saint history among the regions of the western states. Most of the sparsely populated rural areas in the west that have large concentrations of Latter-day Saints were originally established as "Mormon" settlements. The basin referred to lies between the Snake and Columbia Rivers and now has thousands of Latter-day Saints who have chosen to inhabit the historically barren land and call it their home. A brief visit or casual observance of the area leads many to question what were the major factors and characteristics leading to the twentieth century growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Columbia Basin of Central Washington?
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jorgensen, Rick B., "A History of the Latter-Day Saints in the Columbia Basin of Central Washington 1850-1972" (2002). Theses and Dissertations. 4840.
Mormons, Columbia River Watershed, History, Washington, Washington State, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints