Pasco is located in the southeastern part of the state of Washington and a city and seat of Franklin County and sits on the Snake and Columbia river's confluence, which is on the opposite side of Kennewish and is immediately southeast of Richland. The area was established along the prehistoric Indian Village in 1880, and when it was reached by the Northern Pacific Railway, presently Burlington Northern Santa Fe, entered the area, it was then named after the railroad surveyor for Cerro de Pasco, Peru. Pasco is the largest city that is part of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project, it became a busy river port and as a rail center. The Ice Harbor Dam along the Snake River impounds Lake Sacajawea, one of the first four dams that permitted the navigation tp Lewiston, Idaho.
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