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Starr

A railway station on the Columbia River. The railroad station was named by the Great Northern Railway for R. W. Starr, a prominent fruit grower, from whom the railroad acquired a right-of-way. Some maps use the name Star.

Between Star and Azwell, the tour follows the west bank of the Columbia River through a region of rocks, sand, and sagebrush. Square boulders of all sizes seem like dice which were thrown against the ridge and tumbled down the sloping terrain toward the river.

In this locality, camels were sometimes encountered in the early 1900s. Introduced into Washington as pack animals during the early mining days, they were found unsuitable to travel on rocky or marshy ground and were turned loose in the Okanogan country.

A species of small cactus that blooms in the spring and resembles the prickly pear of southwestern United States is native to this district. Scorpions, familiar denizens of the desert, are found hereabouts, and black widow spiders are not uncommon.