National Affairs: The INLAND EMPIRE

ACROSS the wind-blown plains of eastern Washington, up through the cool, forested hills of northern-Idaho and the mountains and finger valleys of western Montana, men talk in frontier terms of manifest destiny, and call their northwest U.S. land an Inland Empire. It is a towering land, with long, lonely reaches and stupendous, high-country scenery, proud, self-assured and close to its pioneer beginnings. A geographic unit, hemmed by natural barriers, it once almost became a state (as big as all New England, New York, Delaware and Maryland) called Lincoln. Congress approved in 1886, but...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!