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Grand Coulee Dam debuts new light show

Friday, May 23, 2014by  Jon Osterberg

After a quarter of a century, Grand Coulee Dam is replacing its summertime laser light show beginning May 24.
   Gone are the patriotic finale, soaring eagle, and Neil Diamond singing “Coming to America.” Gone too are about nine minutes in length overall.
   The show is still free, starting just after dark each night through Sept. 30.
   The new 28-minute production expands its focus on local Native American tribes and the dam’s impact on Columbia River salmon, as told through oral histories using the voices of 1930s witnesses.
   The laser light show is projected on Grand Coulee’s 550-foot high spillway. Visitors can watch from several good locations listed here, and besides the outdoor speakers, you can hear the show on your radio at 90.1 FM.
   Grand Coulee Dam remains a modern engineering marvel, even 70 years after construction. Read about it here.

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