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of Two Rivers
The Water for All the
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legacy of McNary Dam days is still visible in Umatilla, in the high
school building shipped to house the bursting student population of
the 1940s, on the walls of the Umatilla Museum, and at the dam itself. Some
of the memorabilia, viewed below, has been preserved by community members
and the Corps of Engineers.
gold," reclaimed during sand and gravel mixing from the bed
of the Columbia, was placed in souvenirs such as the above. C. E.
Goody of Tacoma, WA, ran the gold operation, and 10 % of all gold
found during construction went to J.G. Shotwell of Hermiston who
produced the sand and gravel mix; another 10% went to the government.
Courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers
welcome sign, reflecting Umatilla's growth during McNary Dam
Days, hangs on the wall of the Umatilla Museum and
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