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Bonneville

Visited 09/08/12


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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.


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The power house is off-limit except for guided tours. Plan your visit accordingly.


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An old turbine, in use for over 60 years, but now replaced, marks the entrance to the visitor center.


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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.


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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.


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Professional fish counters, yes that is a real job, tally each and every fish, by species, that passes through.


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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.


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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.


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The fish hatchery is also on site and is definitely worth a visit. Be sure to say hi to Herman.



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