BURBANK — Ice Harbor Lock & Dam’s first open house since 9/11 drew more than 1,200 visitors, Army Corps of Engineers officials said.
Park Rangers at the dam reported that more than 100 visitors in just the first hour from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Construction on the dam, about eight miles north of Burbank on Highway 124, began in 1956. It was dedicated by Vice President Lyndon Johnson in 1962.
It stands 100 feet high and stretches 2,822 feet across the river.
There was a time, as with most dams, when people could drive across the massive concrete behemoth, but that has been restricted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Saturday’s open house was the first since those restrictions were imposed.
During the open house, visitors were able to take a free tour of the dam’s powerhouse, which contains six hydroelectric generators, and view the fish ladders, navigational lock and fish viewing room inside the visitor center.