Even before I ever visited Oregon, I knew the tale of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. It was built in Oregon – right on the Columbia River – near a fault line & with reports it was unsafe to operate (reports from the staff scientists, I should add). After huge public pressure (including a clever campaign “Leaky Trojans lead to accidents”), it was shut down in 1992. In 2005, the reactor was removed. In 2006, they demolished the cooling tower.
Now the site which used to play host to this plant is now a park. I think it was a park before, but it now more of one. There is also a pretty challenging disc golf course on there – complete with water hazards and a flock of geese who chase the disc golfers in hopes of getting food.
Indigo and I went out there on our way to Rainier, Oregon. Why? We were bored – and I wanted a neat place to take pictures. G was also hoping someone would get bitten by a radioactive spider and turned into a super hero.