Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturday Sightseeing

Welcome to Saturday Sightseeing.

Each week, I'm going to take you on a journey around the area where I live - the Pacific Northwest!

These tidbits will include a variety of places. Some are very common and well-known, like this week's entry.

Other posts will be what's often referred to as "off the beaten path."

Grand Coulee Dam

The economy of the area where I live (Columbia Basin of Washington state) is dependent on this massive concrete structure, which was a Public Works Adminstation project. Construction began in the 1930s, but it wasn't until 1951 water was used for irrigation. That original purpose had to wait for World War II to end, as electric demands took precedence.

Laser Light Show
During the summer months, one of the largest laser light shows graces the spillway. Beginning as soon as it is dark enough, the show tells the history and story of the area. It is free and there are many vantage points to get a clear view.
Grand Coulee Dam is about 100 miles north of my home.

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