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Newhalem in Whatcom County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Lighting of the Falls

 
 
Lighting of the Falls Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2015
1. Lighting of the Falls Marker
Inscription.  Superintendent of Lighting J.D. Ross was fascinated with artistic lighting early in his life. In 1929, the US Forest Service granted Ross permission to manage Ladder Creek Falls in order to illuminate the falls with changing colors. “...to make... a wonderful sight!”

By 1930, lights at the falls were “in all the varying colors of the rainbow — a spectacle never to be forgotten.”

Music drifted through the gardens from hidden speakers to set the mood. The gardens and falls were “a paradise of color in the wilderness” and when the garden was “accented by music and lights, it created an exotic scene in an unlikely place.”
 
Erected by Seattle City Light.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made FeaturesNotable PlacesParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 48° 40.535′ N, 121° 14.36′ W. Marker is in Newhalem, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker can be reached from North Cascades Highway (Newhalem
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Street) (Washington Route 20) 0.2 miles east of Main Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located along the Ladder Creek Falls Trail, east of the Skagit River pedestrian bridge and south of the Gorge Powerhouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marblemount WA 98267, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Electric Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Ladder Creek Falls & Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Gorge Powerhouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Number 6 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gorge High Dam (approx. 2.1 miles away); Transmission Lines (approx. 2.2 miles away); Chain of Dams (approx. 2.2 miles away); The North Cascades (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newhalem.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, framed composite plaque, mounted vertically on waist-high metal posts.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Skagit River Hydroelectric Project
 
Marker detail: Lighting - Then & Now image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Lighting - Then & Now
Improved technology and concern for our natural resources has resulted in lighting fixtures that use 90% less energy than the original 1000 watt lighting fixtures seen here.

New fixtures are illuminating the falls today using energy efficient LED bulbs that emulate the old technology with colors as vibrant as ever.
Lighting of the Falls Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2015
3. Lighting of the Falls Marker (tall view)
Ladder Creek Falls (<i>view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 28, 2015
4. Ladder Creek Falls (view from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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