A glimpse of Willamette Falls from one of the first viewpoints on the tour.
On Saturday, May 21, Willamette Falls Legacy Project staff and volunteers welcomed dozens of people from across the Portland metro region who were quick enough to claim a spot in one of the public site tours. Participants were escorted on a walk through significant site features, starting behind the gate on historic Main Street, including stops at a platform atop the pipechase offering panoramic views up and down the Willamette River; the woolen mill foundation; the Horton sphere (a brick-lined metal vessel that at one time contained sulfuric acid used in the paper-making process); and culminating in the main attraction: walking across the PGE dam to a close-in falls viewpoint where all five senses are immersed in the breathtaking power and beauty of the falls.
As in the past, these very popular tours were filled in a matter of hours on the first day of registration. We will be sending an email later this summer with instructions to register for the next round of public site tours, so if you aren't on our mailing list, sign up now at the bottom of the page!