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Lowell in Lane County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Lowell Prospers

Flood Control

 
 
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By Douglass Halvorsen, October 21, 2012
1. Lowell Prospers Marker
Inscription. In Oregon's early days, emigrants came in droves to live along the Willamette River, but they soon discovered its volatile nature. Floods inundated the valley, property was destroyed, and lives were lost. The Army Corps of Engineers was given the responsibility to manage flood control in 1936. They conducted a study that found flooding to be a serious problem and recommended it be managed with a series of dams known collectively as the Willamette Valley Project.

This project changed the face of Lowell. The Army Corps of Engineers arrived in 1948 to build Lookout Point and Dexter Dams, two of the thirteen dams and reservoirs that would manage the floodwaters. The town swelled enormously with the construction boom. The Army Corps built a water tank and a sewer system for the town and several new businesses were established.

On the Sidelines
One of the dam's more significant long-term economic effects on Lowell was the relocation of the railroad and the state highway to the opposite side of the new reservoir – cutting Lowell off from the increased pace of the Willamette Valley. The new highway route deprived the town's sawmill of its cost-efficient means of transportation, and it was forced to close.
 
Location. 43° 54.538′ N, 122° 
Lowell Prospers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, October 21, 2012
2. Lowell Prospers Marker
46.767′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Oregon, in Lane County. Marker can be reached from S Pioneer St. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lowell OR 97452, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Lowell Prospers (here, next to this marker); Frontier Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Frontier Life (a few steps from this marker); Building a Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Lowell Covered Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Touring the Past (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elijah Bristow (approx. 8.7 miles away); Bristow Monument (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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