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


Trojan Nuclear Facility ...
The 634-acre Trojan Nuclear Facility is located at Columbia River Mile (RM) 72.5, just downstream of Coffin Rock, and upstream of Prescott Beach. Prescott Beach is the location of Lewis and Clark's campsite of November 5, 1805. The facility is located one mile downstream of Goble, Oregon and four miles upstream of Rainier, Oregon. On the Washington side is Kalama, Washington and the mouth of the Kalama River.

The Trojan Nuclear Facility began operating in May 1976.

"... The nuclear power plant began operating in May 1976. PGE considered it a successful and work-horse facility, capable of generating 1,130 average megawatts annually, enough electricity to serve an estimated 400,000 homes. ..." [The Oregonian, December 30, 2005]

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.


Image, 2003, Trojan Nuclear Facility from the Kalama River, click to enlarge
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Rainier, Oregon, from the Kalama River, Kalama, Washington. Image taken November 9, 2003.
Image, 2006, Trojan Park at the Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Trojan Park at Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Gene, Corey, and Alex watching the ducks and geese on lake in Trojan Park, while the Cooling Tower rises behind. 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.
[More Views of the Implosion]

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


Trojan - Before and After ...

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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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No cooling tower ... Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon, from Kalama, Washington. View from shore at Kalama Sportsman Club, Kalama, Washington. Image taken May 30, 2006.

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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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No cooling tower ... Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken October 31, 2006.
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No dome ... Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken January 11, 2013.


Trojan "Dome" ...
The Containment Building, which use to house the nuclear reactor, is scheduled for demolition in 2008. The nuclear reactor has been shipped to Hanford Reservation for storage.

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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.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon. View from Trojan entrance. Image taken October 31, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon. View from Kalama, Washington Image taken January 30, 2007.


Trojan, etc.

  • Trojan Park ...
  • Views ...


Trojan Park ...
Trojan Park is a 75-acre park located on property at the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. The park has a 29-acre lake where visitors can sit and fish, or sit and watch the wildlife on the lake.
[More]

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Geese, Trojan Park at Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken October 31, 2006.
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Geese, Trojan Park at Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.


Views ...

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Trojan Nuclear Facility, Oregon. View from Trojan entrance. Image taken October 31, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken October 31, 2006.


On May 21, 2006, the Trojan Nuclear Facility's Cooling Tower was imploded. It took 8 seconds to reduce the 499-foot-tall cooling tower to a pile of rubble. According to The Oregonian, March 9, 2006, two months before the implosion:

"... an estimated 2,000 pounds of explosives will be embedded in 2,500 hiles drilled into the support legs at the base of the tower and in sections of the shell as high as 250 feet. The implosion, from the first detonation to the settling of the tower, is expected to take about 8 seconds. The tower will fall into itself, and debris will be contained primarily within the structure's imprint of 385 feet diameter. The explosives' placement is designed to give a dlight tilt to the fall so that the debris will spread out slightly -- perhaps 100 feet. ..."

The Trojan Cooling Tower is made of concrete and steel. It never contained radioactive material.


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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. The Trojan Cooling Tower is scheduled for demolition in May 2006. Image taken March 19, 2006.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken February 28, 2004.
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Trojan Nuclear Facility, near Rainier, Oregon. Image taken August 29, 2003.
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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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Drilling holes for explosives, 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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Kalama River with the Trojan Cooling Tower. View from bridge crossing the Kalama River, Kalama, Washington. Image taken April 19, 2006.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, November 5, 1805 ...
Rained all the after part of last night, rain continues this morning, I [s]lept but verry little last night [Post Office Lake, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge] for the noise Kept dureing the whole of the night by the Swans, Geese, white & Grey Brant Ducks &c. on a Small Sand Island [one of the islands of the Ridgefield Refuge] close under the Lard. Side; they were emensely noumerous, and their noise horid- we Set out <at about Sun rise> early here the river is not more than 3/4 of a mile in width, passed a Small Prarie on the Stard. Side [quite possibly the location of today's Campbell Lake] passed 2 houses about 1/2 a mile from each other on the Lard. Side a Canoe came from the upper house, with 3 men in its mearly to view us, passed an Isld. Covered with tall trees & green briers [Bachelor Island] Seperated from the Stard. Shore by a narrow Chanel [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough] at 9 [8?] miles I observed on the Chanel [Lake River or Bachelor Island Slough] which passes on the Stard Side of this Island [Bachelor Island] a Short distance above its lower point is Situated a large village [Cathlapotle Village, near where Lewis and Clark camped on March 29, 1806, a place now known as Wapato Portage], the front of which occupies nearly 1/4 of a mile fronting the Chanel, and closely Connected, I counted 14 houses in front here the river widens to about 1 1/2 miles. ...    about 1 1/2 miles below this village on the Lard Side behind a rockey Sharp point [Warrior Point, Sauvie Island], we passed a Chanel 1/4 of a mile wide [Multnomah Channel] which I take to be the one the Indian Canoe entered yesterday from the lower point of Immage Canoe Island [Hayden Island, at this point Lewis and Clark had not discovered Hayden Island and Sauvie Island were two separate islands]     a Some low clifts of rocks below this Chanel [St. Helens, Oregon], a large Island Close under the Stard Side opposit [Lewis River floodplain, home of Woodland, Washington, possibly more of an "island" in 1805 ???], and 2 Small Islands, below [today's Burke and Martin Islands], here we met 2 canoes from below,- below those Islands a range of high hills form the Stard. Bank of the river [Martin Bluff], the Shore bold and rockey, Covered with a thick groth of Pine     an extensive low Island [Deer Island], Seperated from the Lard side by a narrow Chanel, on this Island we Stoped to Dine I walked out found it open & covered with <Small> grass interspersed with Small ponds, in which was great numbr. of foul, the remains of an old village on the lower part of this Island, I saw Several deer ...     below the lower point of this Island [Deer Island] a range of high hills which runs S. E. forms the Lard. bank of the river the Shores bold and rockey & hills Covered with pine, [Lewis and Clark are passing Goble, Oregon, and the area around the Trojan Nuclear Power Facility     The high hills leave the river on the Stard. Side a high bottom between the hill & river [Kalama, Washington]. We met 4 Canoes of Indians from below, in which there is 26 Indians, one of those Canoes is large, and ornimented with Images on the bow & Stern. That in the Bow the likeness of a Bear, and in Stern the picture of a man- we landed on the Lard. Side & camped [near Prescott Beach, Oregon] a little below the mouth of a creek [Kalama River] on the Stard. Side a little below the mouth of which is an Old Village which is now abandaned-;     here the river is about one and a half miles wide. and deep, The high Hills which run in a N W. & S E. derection form both banks of the river the Shore boald and rockey, the hills rise gradually & are Covered with a thick groth of pine &c. The valley [Columbian Valley] which is from above the mouth of Quick Sand River [Sandy River] to this place may be computed at 60 miles wide on a Derect line, & extends a great Distanc to the right & left rich thickly Covered with tall timber, with a fiew Small Praries bordering on the river and on the Islands; Some fiew Standing Ponds & Several Small Streams of running water on either Side of the river; This is certainly a fertill and a handsom valley, at this time Crouded with Indians. The day proved Cloudy with rain the greater part of it, we are all wet cold and disagreeable- I saw but little appearance of frost in this valley which we call <Wap-pa-too Columbia> from the root or plants growing Spontaniously in this valley only ...     We made 32 miles to day by estimation-






Clark, March 27, 1806 ...
a rainey disagreeable night     rained the greater part of the night     we Set out this morning verry early [from their camp on Walker Island] and proceeded on to two houses of the Skil-lute Indians on the South Side [downstream of Rainier, Oregon] here we found our hunters who had Seperated from us last evening.     the wind rose and the rain became very hard Soon after we landed here we were very friendly receved by the natives who gave all our party as much fish as they Could eate, ...     resumed our voyage at 12 oClock. The principal village of the Skil-lutes is Situated on the lower Side of the Cow-e-lis kee river [Cowlitz River] a fiew miles from it's enterance into the Columbia. ...     The Cow e lis kee river [Cowlitz River] is 150 yards wide, is deep and from Indian information navigable a very conslderable distance for canoes. it discharges itself into the Columbia about 3 miles above a remarkable knob [Mount Coffin] which is high and rocky and Situated on the North Side of the Columbia, and Seperated from the Northern hills of the river by a Wide bottom of Several Miles, to which it united [today the cities of Longview and Kelso, Washington]. I Suspect that this river Waters the Country lying west of a range of Mountains which passes the Columbia between the Great falls and rapids, and North of the Same nearly to the low country which Commences on the N W. Coast about Latitude 4o [blank] North. ...     at the distance of 2 miles above the village at which we brackfast we passed the enterance of this river [Cowlitz River]; we Saw Several fishing camps of the Skillutes on both Sides of the Columbia, and also on both Sides of this river. ...     late in the evening we passed the place we Camped the 5th of Novr. [Prescott Beach] and Encamped about 4 miles above at the Commencement of the Columbian Vally on the Stard. Side [near Goble, Oregon] below Deer Island [Deer Island, Oregon]. ...

[between Prescott Beach and Goble lies Coffin Rock, a basalt feature on the south side of the Columbia, now located on property owned by the Trojan Nuclear Facility]

Saw Cotton wood, Sweet Willow, w[hite] oake, ash and the broad leafed ash the Growth which resembles the bark &c. these form the groth of the bottom lands, whilst the Hills are almost exclusively Covered with the various Species of fir heretofore discribed. the black alder appears on Maney parts of the hills Sides as on the bottoms. before we Set out from the 2 houses where we brackfast we Sent on two Canoes with the best hunters, with orders to pro ceed as fast as they Could to Deer island [Deer Island, Oregon] and there to hunt and wait our arrival. we wish to halt at that place and repare 2 of our Canoes if possible. the Indians that visited us this evining remained but a Short time, they passed over to an Island [Sandy Island ???] and encamped. the night as well as the day proved Cold wet and excessively disagreeable. we Came 20 miles in the Course of this day.





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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:    The Oregonian, December 20, 2005, March 9, 2006;    Portland General Electric website, 2006;   

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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