By: Barb Owens
Published: July 30, 2011
n the 17 years James Brooks was president of Central Washington University in the 1960s and ‘70s, 20 buildings were constructed on campus and 41 acres of land were acquired through the federal Urban Renewal Program.
“We spent an awful lot of time securing the land,” Brooks said in a Friday morning interview.
The student body was quickly growing in size and the administration needed extra space to keep up with that growth. Railroad tracks, an irrigation canal, state Route 10 and the road to the airport (now Walnut Mall) all ran through campus at the time, cutting it into chunks. The canal, known by many as The Ganges, remains. (READ MORE…)