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Local lakes and the ho-hum of peace

(The Slice Blog will be back in full swing on Monday. In the meantime, here's something I was thinking about.)

It doesn't happen every time, but often enough.

I'll say something in my column about Inland Northwest lakes and a Crabby Appleton reader will call or write to say that even our area's biggest lakes are nothing size-wise compared to, say, the Great Lakes or some of the big lakes in Canada.

This I already knew.

But square miles aren't everything. I think the reason our lakes don't get respect in certain circles is that they were not a part of any famous battles. At least not any I know about.

After all, the War of 1812 was not partly fought on local bodies of water.

It's worth remembering, though, that there were people here long, long before white settlers. So maybe there were titanic clashes on our lakes that no one today knows anything about.

Or maybe Inland Northwest tribes 500 years ago were wise enough to settle disputes through negotiation.

Lakes that look like they are near here

But aren't.

That's Lake George in New York above, and New Hampshire's Newfound Lake below.

“The Land of Many Lakes”

I came across a Spokane tourism brochure from the 1930s.

On the cover it proclaims this area to be “The Land of Many Lakes.”

Not especially memorable, is it?

As a lesson in writing, it points out the virtue of being specific.

“How many lakes do you have out there?”


I don't know when Minnesota started calling itself the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” (a lowball count, experts say). But that's a slogan you remember.

Of course, it could be that the person writing copy for that brochure simply didn't know how many lakes there are around here. I wonder what words he or she toyed with before settling on “many.”

“Land of Plenty Lakes.”

“Land of Numerous Lakes.”

“Land of Multitudinous Lakes.”

“Land of a Whole Mess of Lakes.”

“Land of a Big Load of Lakes.”

“Land of a Slew of Lakes.”

“Land of a Boatload of Lakes.” 

“Land of Abundant Lakes.”   

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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