Constructed in 1872 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Willamette Locks served to give passage to commercial and private vessels back-and-forth from the lower and upper sections of the Willamette river. However in 2011 the locks were closed due to lack of funding for repairs. As redevelopment plans for the Willamette Falls industrial site gets underway and public interest in the falls increases, the question of what should be done with the Willamette Locks has been raised once more. Sandy Carter, Willamette Falls Locks advocate and Collections manager for Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation, will discuss the history of the Willamette Locks as well as what its future may hold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Presentation by Sandy Carter.