- Associated Press - Friday, January 17, 2014

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) - Workers have begun tearing down the base of a monument that began in the Great Depression as a jobs project in the Columbia Gorge and was intended to memorialize the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Dalles Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1kGR9Qx) the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 meant the end of work on the project along the Columbia River Historic Highway, known as old Highway 30.

Only the 25-foot-high base was completed. An artist’s rendering of the proposed monument shows a stone column rising 60 feet, with a ball atop.

Soon, the property was transferred to the local parks district, and in the 1970s a picnic shelter was built there. The parks department cited safety concerns last year and voted to tear down the base. A backhoe started the demolition Thursday.

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Information from: The Dalles Chronicle, http://www.thedalleschronicle.com