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River photo recreated 59 years later

Tuesday, April 29, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

Recent posts on this blog showed the Columbia River near Vantage, currently drawn down 26 feet to take pressure off Wanapum Dam, which has a 65-foot-long crack discovered in February.
   The fascination for old-timers is that the river now somewhat resembles its smaller, pre-dam (1963) days.
   This week while driving west on Interstate 90, I turned off on Silica Road – familiar to those bound for Gorge concerts – to old U.S. Highway 10, which I drove through Frenchman Coulee to the road’s terminus at the river's edge.
   I was able to find the spot where my dad stood in 1955 when he photographed the road and river (left) while driving home to Seattle.
   Although I shot the scene later in the evening and with a wider focal length than the 1955 shot, it approximates what my dad saw.

   The river surface may have dropped considerably since February, but the impounded Columbia is still a much larger body of water than it was 59 years ago.
   Grant County PUD said last week it projects Wanapum Dam repairs will cost $61 million, and the water will remain at its low level at least through July 4.

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personGale S. Kennedy 05/03/2014 07:01 PM
Wanapum crack is best by a dam site. Hey is that now legal in this state, too?
personShar05/01/2014 12:39 PM
I love before and after pics like this! It looks like you got the same exact angle as your dad. So cool.

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