Remember my friend Larry, the Captain of the"Starship". He's the funny guy that found himself caught inside of his fold-a-boat. See archived story on October 2008. He is descended from some interesting people who lived and worked along the Willamette and Columbia River cities. I have asked him to add some stories that we might all enjoy, as we pass the cold winter months. He has come up with quite some interesting items which I will share with you.
The Willamette Falls Locks
Built in 1870 and opened 1 January 1873. It was 3 feet deep and the walls were made of quarried stone ranging from 5-15 feet high. To this day the walls have remained watertight. In 1916 the Locks were purchased by the Corps of Engineers and deepened to 6 feet.
On 18 Dec 1992, the fuselage of the famous Spruce Goose, designed and built by Howard Hughes
Preparing to enter with locks. Tugs assist with maneurving the barge which holds the fuselage.
This is Larry's cousin, Rex Lapp who was Lock Master for many years until his retirement in 1995 or 96. He is now deceased but his wife forwarded brochures and information about the locks.
3. Larry Hitzel, emails.