The town of Bonneville exists due to Bonneville Dam. This new-deal era construction project dramatically changed Oregon. It brought plentiful electricity to the region and changed the river topology for ever.
The power house is off-limit except for guided tours. Plan your visit accordingly.
An old turbine, in use for over 60 years, but now replaced, marks the entrance to the visitor center.
The old power-house reflects the time in which it was designed - art deco details, like the unnecessarily ornate tiling, abound. It's odd to think that each time I flip on my light switch at home - the power is coming from this room.
The dam's construction dramatically altered fish spawning runs in the region. The fish ladders serve to provide passage for thousands of fish each day.
Professional fish counters, yes that is a real job, tally each and every fish, by species, that passes through.
My least favorite part of Oregon - the lamprey. I tend to be a conservationist and love all animals, but these simply scare me to death.
The security is tight at the dam as it is considered a high-threat terrorism target. I can vouch that the security guard at the gate was keen to check out my wife's trunk. This little pill-box served as a guard post during World War II.The current security staff has much nicer digs.
The fish hatchery is also on site and is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to say hi to Herman.comments powered by