More Grand Coulee
Yesterday we drove to Kellers Ferry on the Columbia River….on the way, once out of the huge gorge at Grand Coulee, the wheat fields go on forever, some must be miles across…..
Then back down into the gorge again at Kellers Ferry…..
This was a treat…the State of Washington operates the ferry free of charge….a ferry has been operating here since 1897…
A beautiful marina, beach and campground …we hung around for a couple hours ……
When we came back we parked the car and walked around in the former “Government and Engineers City” now the part of the city called Coulee Dam on the west side of the river. The “workers” housing was on the other side and these houses are not very well kept up and very small.
As I understand, the homes in “Government and Engineers City” are to be preserved so no material alterations can be made to them….the sign says the city was built almost overnight. We also heard that they were completely landscaped at the time….
Some of the homes are very lovely….they go back to 1934…
This is the building where the engineers and foremen worked every day….now Coulee Dam City Hall
They had dorms for single professionals….
The dam took 8 years to build…. thousands of workers. Hard to imagine…out here in the middle of a desert with no infrastructure in place. We saw photos of a team of mules clearing a roadbed so that railroad ties could be put down. The visitors center has a wonderful 45 minute film about the construction…..
What most impressed Ronnie and I is the vision people had to conceive of it and then do it. On the dam tour we were told that it was completed 2 years ahead of schedule and under budget……..the largest construction project ever completed in the United States….Grand Coulee Dam….
Tomorrow we are heading to Mt. Rainier…..