Memaloose Island is in the middle of the mighty Columbia River. It was an ancient Indian burial ground for nearby tribes. The dead were wrapped in skins or blankets and often left in a sitting position and sheltered by a "grave house" of poles slabs and bark. The original 4 acre island was reduced to about half an acre by the waters behind Bonneville Dam about 50 miles downstream. The indian remains were removed prior to this and buried elsewhere. However the grave of Victor Trevitt is still there. He requested to be buried in an Indian burial ground, and ironically now is all alone.
The landscape here is still dry and desert-like with occasional scrubby brushes beginning to be more abundant.