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Almira to Coulee Dam

  • Distance: 22 miles
  • Routes: Old Coulee Road
  • Estimated Driving Time: 32 minutes

Tour Overview

Coulee Dam is one of the wonders of the world, irrigating a semi-desert area almost as large as the State of Connecticut and generating electric current to the extent of 2,520,000 horsepower. The dam is designed to halt the full flood of the mighty Columbia, which drains most of the northwest, back it up into a vast artificial lake 151 miles long, and regulate its flow for 450 miles to the Pacific. Over the giant spillway plunges a roaring cataract, three times the height of Niagara Falls and several times its volume. By means of the mightiest pumping system yet devised, enough water will be elevated in a vertical lift of 280 feet to fill and keep filled the Grand Coulee Equalizing Reservoir, some 30 miles long and several miles wide. From this second man-made lake, canals as long as 100 miles carry water to the rich volcanic soil of three counties.

This prodigious project was begun in 1933 and in 1937 employed about 6,500 persons; some five hundred thousand visitors had watched construction of the dam by the completion date in 1941.


Almira to Coulee Dam

Travel through dry wheatlands and occasional patches of scab rock and sagebrush. The route rises slowly with curves and dips, reaching the Columbia River, then descending dizzily by a winding three-mile grade into the canyon carved by the river to one of the wonders of the world, Coulee Dam, a project begun in 1933 and completed in 1941.

This leg of the tour has 6 waypoints and 0 side trip tours

Key Waypoints along Almira to Coulee Dam


This town grew rapidly when construction on the Coulee Dam began and became known as “The Gateway City to the... Visit

Grand Coulee Dam

One may say that the site of Grand Coulee Dam was determined centuries ago. Lava, hissing and boiling, fought with... Visit

Mason City

Known as an “all-electric” construction town at the Grand Coulee dam site, this community was the result of a planned... Visit

This tour has 1 leg, 6 waypoints, and covers 22 miles.