January 20, 2018
Terray Harmon, Todd Weller, Mike Allegre and Gary Elkinton contributed to this report.
Last week’s History Mystery, above, shows the fish ladder that the Corps of Engineers was building at The Dalles Dam in the mid to late 1950s.
Terray Harmon noted that the fish ladder appears to have just been finished, although a coffer dam, used to keep water out of the work area, is still visible. The river is seen in its original channel. The structures of the dam were built on dry land, he explained. When the dam was finished, an earthen dam was built to actually block the river.
Gary Elkinton wrote, “I believe this is the tug Rampant in the river in the vicinity of the Big Eddy locks of The Dalles-Celilo canal before the dam was completed on the Oregon side.” He submitted photos of the barge, and added that it looks like quite a flow coming through the channel. “My Grandfather, Ace Williams, was a tug boat captain working the river from 1937-1958.” The entrance to the canal is not visible in this photograph, was located to the right.
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