Saturday, August 05, 2006

Meyers Falls

The upper part of Meyers Falls.
Copyright © 2006 Barry G. Moses.

Inge brought Dakota and I to see the upper portion of Meyers Falls. The falls are an important part of the town's history. Before the construction of Grand Coulee Dam, the current town of Kettle Falls was named Meyers Falls. The old town of Kettle Falls was removed when the flood waters of Lake Roosevelt approached the level of the town (though it never actually flooded the townsite). Most of the residents removed to the town of Meyers Falls and then renamed the town Kettle Falls. Confusing? Somewhat. Anyway, there was some resentment over the change, and apparently the Meyers family moved away in protest.

When I was a kid, I used to hike by the falls with my dad and Inge. Nowadays the power company blocked off the major portion of the falls with a massive fence. No one can enter to appreciate the beauty of that location. Sadly, Like historic Kettle Falls, yet another natural wonder surrenders to the "progress" of man.

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