September 30, 2014

9/27/14 - Falls Park, Post Falls, ID

If you're I-90 heading east out of Washington, the first town across the state line is Post Falls.  If you're paying attention and look quickly, you can see Post Falls.  George pointed it out to me, but I missed it...more than once.  Hence, the day-trip to Falls Park.

There was some construction going on, so we missed the turn downtown.  The GPS didn't care much for the blocked streets.  George wasn't expressing loving thoughts about the GPS.  NOT the first time that's happened.

George hadn't been to the Falls in about 50 years, so the park was as new to him as it was to me. There are paths that wind around, and signs that point out the historical stuff, like this headgate from the 1880s. They've done a good job of preserving and explaining the little that's left.

The original dam across the Spokane River was built of logs in 1871, but that's been gone for a long time.  Then in 1906 this north channel dam was rebuilt of concrete.  Within two years they'd built two more dams across the middle and south channels as well as a power house.  Pretty good with only man and horse power.
Down river is Avista High Bridge, which goes across to the Avista Island.  George said they used to go over to the island and picnic, but the power company that owns the dam has it closed off now.
There's a pretty little fishing pond at the park too.  
This is the base for the control gate for the cable mill power plant.  I'm sure you wanted to know that.
For a few more pictures of Falls Park, click here.  I like the snowberries.  

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