1. maddy
    December 9, 2014 @ 12:14 pm

    I have been researching this county for a history project and so far im impressed with this little place. :)


  2. Jeff den Biesen
    December 29, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    In 1923 the Eastern Washington State Historical Society published a book about Ranald MacDonald which was edited and annotated from the original manuscripts by William S. Lewis and Naojiro Murakami. This is a limited edition publication of 1,000 copies only. It was printed by The Inland-American Printing Company.
    50 of the original copies were reserved for the Historical Society while the remained went to subscribing libraries and individuals. I have copy number 646.
    Jeff den Biesen


    • Chris Green
      June 29, 2014 @ 12:52 am

      The Lewis/ Murakami book was republished in 1990, as indicated here:

      Ranald MacDonald, The Narrative of His Life, 1824-1894 was reprinted with new forward and afterward by the Oregon Historical Society with support from the Friends of MacDonald through funds generously donated by Epson Portland Inc.”

      Source of quote:


  3. Max Stanley
    December 4, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Visted Ferry County on a motorcyle adventure from Mill Creek, WA and “stumbled” upon the cemetery. We rode up the gravel road to the Grave site, just barely making it up and back down. A peaceful site that I’m glad we did not miss. We probably could have parked on the fronting road, as there was little to no traffic the whole time we were there.
    An amazing life story and site, in a truly beautiful County. We stayed at Lake Curlew and made day trips around the area. My favorite adventure to date.


  4. fschodt
    May 9, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

    For those interested, I wrote a book on MacDonald, titled Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan. (Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2003). In a review by Trevor Carolan in the June 2006 issue (No. 63) of Kyoto Journal, it is described as “brilliant, absorbing” and rendered with “the accuracy of a trained academic and the excitement of a skillful novelist.” In 2005, it was named one of the outstanding academic titles of 2004 by Choice Magazine(affiliated with the American Library Association), and described as “A remarkable tour de force, so rich as to defy easy categorization.”


    He’s my hero!



    • The Sweet Snazzoo
      January 21, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

      I have put several of your books on my Amazon, “Wish List” but was disappointed to learn that they are not available on Kindle. Since I presently live in southeast Asia, VAT and shipping expenses make purchasing a hard copy too expensive. Drat!


  5. yobaba
    June 10, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    One more thing – the signs pointing the way to the MacDonald grave site are misspelled, e.g., Ranald McDonald rather than the spelling Ranald himself used which was MacDonald with a “Mac”. I wonder how difficult it would be for Ferry County – or Washington State – to remake the signs identifying Ranald’s grave site? [you can contact me at amm@friendsofmacdonald.com]


  6. yobaba
    May 13, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    Per the directions written above, “Traveling north on Hwy 21 turn right LEFT on Kettle River Road; travel 9-1/2 miles and then turn left RIGHT at the bridge crossing the Kettle River. From the bridge, turn left on to Customs Road (unmarked). Watch for signs marking the grave site (it’s easy to miss the cemetery entrance). Note: The Ferry County Historical Society’s mural is located approximately one mile from the gravesite.

    The cemetery entrance is a barely-improved gravel road to the right of Customs Rd. This goes sharply up the side of the hill and turns back on itself. It is possible to park on the right ‘shoulder’ of Customs Rd. and walk up the incline to the graveyard, esp. if one does not have a 4WD. There are some rather large rocks and potholes in the cemetery drive.

    Also, there is a sign with an arrow that says “Midway” on the corner of the road that goes across the Kettle River [Co. HWY 530 where you turn RIGHT to Customs Rd.] If you follow Customs Rd. past the cemetery drive you eventually come to Midway, a town just across the border into Canada [abt 6 miles].

    Editors note: Thank you! I’ve used your notes to update the article.


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