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September 27, 2017

In last month’s column I wrote about time’s alteration of a one-mile stretch of Highway 228 running west from the Crawfordsville Bridge and taking in a popular swimming hole sometimes called locally “the Crawfordsville Dam.”

Many can associate it with McKercher Park, just above the swimming hole.

The swimming hole is formed by a basalt dike crossing the Calapooia River followed by a pool below with a gravel bottom. Above the pool a series of rough rapids runs over chunks of basalt. Those not knowing better might believe the basalt is the dam, but no.

A real dam constructed of wo...

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