Condit Dam, the former site of the now-removed dam. Removed in 2011.
The Condit is now gone. The absolute best dam videos are Andy Maser’s. Thanks Andy for doing such a superlative job documenting the removal efforts and successes. Check out the blog and videos here:
Next are a bunch of historic photos of the 1912 construction of Condit Dam. These photos are from the Gorge Heritage Museum, (Bingen, Wa) archives.
Can you spot the author in this next picture?? New Belgium came to town and called the infamous author of “Pokin ‘Round the Gorge” to see if he could rally some fine felines to participate in this chilly dam-removal celebration. They offered each model about $250!! Yup, I did find some young activist gals who were willing to shiver out of their scivvies for such a good cause. ‘Twas such fun….I still laugh at the memories…hahahahahahaha. Every time I drink a Fat Tire I remember all these dam beauties. Gotta like my job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Watch the Youtube video of Skinny-dippers at Condit dam here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT1t01Ihc1M&has_verified=1
And here are some more present-day 2011 photos of the annual springtime gush of water over Condit Dam’s face, as well as the penstock pipe (flume) walkway.
Next we walk down the mile-long “trail” atop the penstock pipe to its end at the “surge tank”. Note the trees in these photos compared to the barren slopes during the 1912 building of the dam. I reckon this is what 100-year-old trees look like!
The walkway ends at the Surge Tank….but the waters continue through the Surge tank and down two pipes to the actual powerhouse, which is situated on the bank of the White Salmon River down below. When Condit Dam and the penstock pipe are all removed in late 2011 and 2012, the powerhouse will be left as-is for another use by Klickitat County. Good plan!!