Frenchman Hills

Coordinates: 46°58′29″N 119°49′20″W / 46.97472°N 119.82222°W / 46.97472; -119.82222
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Frenchman Hills
CountryUnited States
CountyGrant County
Range coordinates46°58′29″N 119°49′20″W / 46.97472°N 119.82222°W / 46.97472; -119.82222

The Frenchman Hills are hills in Grant County, Washington, United States of America. The high point is 1,640 feet (500 m).[1] They are an anticlinal fold in the northeastern part of the larger Yakima Fold Belt.[2] They likely take their name for one of the first non-native residents in the area, who lived near Low Gap in the 1860s and 1870s and was known only as The Frenchman.[3]

Frenchman Gap[edit]

Frenchman Gap (47°00′N 120°00′W / 47.0°N 120.0°W / 47.0; -120.0 (Frenchman Gap)) near Vantage, Washington is a water gap where the Columbia River carved a path through the Frenchman Hills.[4]

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies, also known as the Wild Horse Monument, is located on a hillside overlooking the Columbia River on the east side of Frenchman Gap.


  1. ^ "Frenchman Hills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  2. ^ Lidke, D.J., compiler (2003), "Fault number 561c, Frenchman Hills structures, Folds and other faults of the Frenchman Hills uplift", Quaternary fault and fold database of the United States: U.S. Geological Survey website, United States Geological Survey, retrieved 2014-08-20{{citation}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Allread, Ellis Wayne (Spring 1996). "Mid-Twentieth Century Pioneering of the Royal Slope of Central Washington Washington". Central Washington University. p. 5. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  4. ^ Stelling, Pete; Tucker, David S. (2007), Floods, Faults, and Fire: Geological Field Trips in Washington State and Southwest British Columbia, Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America, p. 218, ISBN 978-0-8137-0009-0

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