For Immediate Release Date: September 11, 2018 Contact: Robert Peterson Phone: 509/427-8211 Fax: 509/427-7429 Email: email@example.com The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson, Wash., has installed a very comprehensive Eagle Creek Fire exhibit, parts of which are on loan from, The History Museum of Hood River. Almost the full-length of the second floor consists of photos of the raging fire and billowing smoke plumes. Some of which are quite large. Also included are a large number of photos provided by Columbia Gorge residents. Additional features to this exhibit includes a replica fire watch tower model like the one local resident Bonnie Lamb operated while on fire watch in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the 1940s. The exhibit also includes an “Osborne panorama” mapping system that all towers had. The exhibit is showing video news clips, along with photo displays of when the fire first started, along with news footage of our Cascade Locks neighbors staying at the Skamania County fairgrounds. According to Rob Peterson, as he and Dan Host were installing the exhibit, “One guest was observed staring with hands on both cheeks in utter shock and disbelief that one small act of vandalism could have changed so many lives, effecting so much of the Gorge culture, commenting additionally that "it’s a shock no one was killed!” Peterson invites all to come, visualize, reflect, and enjoy “The Eagle Creek Fire Exhibit.” The exhibit will be ongoing through December 31. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. The Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum is located at 990 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, adjacent to Skamania Lodge. For more information, please call 509-427-8211 or check us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/shewatches.
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First Peoples focuses on the history of the original people to live in this area of the Gorge, the Cascade Chinook. The Emory Strong Library is also visible, showing his collection of early-man artifacts.
The largest gallery in the museum is Harvesting Resources, which focuses on the timber and fishing industries in the Gorge. It also contains a waterfall. Four very large artifacts are on display.