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This dam is one of the most impressive sights in
Washington state.  It is the largest concrete
structure in the world and among the top 5 biggest
dams.  It is a major contributor to the state's
electrical supply and provides irrigation water to
the farms of eastern Washington down the artificial
Banks Lake.

On this day, I toured the dam with my twin boys
after a visit to Silverwood in northern Idaho.  Tours
had been shut down entirely after the 9/11 attack,
but by this time the eastern, side section of the
dam was open for tours.  Judging by the chamber
of commerce website, the walking tour over the
top of the dam is now open.  In the evenings in the
summer there is a laser light show against the
water spilling down the side of the dam.

I remember that we ate at an excellent Mexican
restaurant near the dam. I've located its website
and it appears to still be in operation: La Presa.

La Presa Mexican Restaurant

Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce

by Bob Kelly
Nye Beach
Massive Grand Coulee Dam set against barren hills
Waiting for the tour in the 100 degree heat
Electrical generators