It’s been awhile since I have done a Waterfall Wednesday here on It’s Just Life and since I am fresh off of a vacation where there were waterfall visits today is the day to start.
Our first stop on our trip was Spokane, Washington. We arrived late one night, grabbed a few hours sleep and then did a bit of exploring mostly in the downtown area and Riverfront Park.
Riverfront Park is a really great place to spend some time wandering around and of course I was thrilled because there was a waterfall.
Upper Spokane Falls is a 60 foot waterfall in the middle of the park. Beautiful and photographable from many angles, this fall was not at its fullest as we visited in the fall. Earlier in the year in the spring it has a lot more flow and gusto but even with a smaller flow it was a great waterfall to view.
The city of Spokane was originally named Spokane Falls. The Upper Falls is the site of the Upper Falls Dam which is a diversion dam constructed in 1920. This dam directs the water into the Upper Falls intake on the south channel of the Spokane River.
The Upper Falls Power Plant incorporates a Francis turbine that is capable of generating 10 MW
This post does not show the Lower Falls which is the site of a second diversion dam, the Monroe Street Dam. This dam was finished in 1890 and was the first dam built on the Spokane River. It is currently the longest-running hydroelectric generation facility in Washington state.
Waterfalls are one of my favorite things to view and each one we visit has its own unique characteristics. I don’t think I am alone in my love of waterfalls judging from how many other people seem to be visitors at various waterfalls as well.
Do you have a favorite waterfall? Let me know in the comment section.