Lewis and Clark's Columbia River
Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Trojan Implosion"
Includes ... Trojan Implosion, May 21, 2006 ... Trojan Nuclear Facility, Rainier, Oregon ...
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon, before implosion of the Cooling Tower. Image taken March 19, 2006.


Trojan Implosion, May 21, 2006 ...
On May 21, 2006, at 7:00 A.M., the Cooling Tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant was imploded. This web author watched the implosion from at home, with two digital cameras set up in front of the television. One took stills, and the other took "movies". The views from NBC (Channel 8) and ABC (Channel 2) were shot of "live action". The views from FOX (Channel 12) of the implosion from Kalama were shot from replays, with a "live" shot of the remaining scene.

Cooling Tower ...
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Before and After ...
The 634-acre Trojan Nuclear Facility is located at Columbia River Mile (RM) 72.5, just upstream of Prescott Beach, the location of Lewis and Clark's campsite of November 5, 1805. The nuclear facility was temporarily shut down in 1992 when cracks appeared in the steam generator. It was permanently closed in 1993. The 499-foot-high cooling tower was imploded on May 21, 2006.

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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon, from Kalama, Washington. View from shore at Kalama Sportsman Club, Kalama, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon, from Kalama, Washington. View from shore at Kalama Sportsman Club, Kalama, Washington. Image taken May 30, 2006.


Implosion (from TV)

  • "Live on TV" ...
  • From Kalama ...
  • FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) ...
  • Flying Debris ...
  • Other Views ...


"Live on TV" ...

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Aerial view of Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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The last view of the Trojan Nuclear Plant's Cooling Tower, NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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The blast, "Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot from "live" TV coverage with Sony Cybershot "movie" mode, then image captured from movie. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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"Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot from TV coverage "replay" footage, but fits the timeline in this "live" squence well. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", NBC TV-8. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", ABC TV-2. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.


From Kalama ...

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Trojan from Kalama, Washington, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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"Trojan Implosion" from Kalama, Washington, FOX TV-12. Notice the slight lean to the left. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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"Trojan Implosion" from Kalama, Washington, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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"Trojan Implosion" from Kalama, Washington, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Live view of remains of the Trojan Cooling Tower from Kalama, Washington, FOX TV-12. View shot "live" from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.


FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) ...

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FLIR, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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FLIR, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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FLIR, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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FLIR, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.


Flying Debris ...

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Top of tower at implosion, Trojan Nuclear Facility, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Top of tower falling, Trojan Nuclear Facility, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Implosion, flying debris, Trojan Nuclear Facility, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.


Other Views ...

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Aerial, Trojan Nuclear Facility, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, "Trojan Implosion", FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.
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Aerial, Trojan Nuclear Facility, FOX TV-12. View shot from TV coverage. Image taken May 21, 2006.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...





Clark, March 27, 1806 ...




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    See Trojan Nuclear Facility;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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