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  •  Hmmm...$2 mil. doesn't seem like a lot and river (1+ / 0-)
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    barge transport is some of the most efficient of all transports per lb. Plus at least it takes some off the roads which costs much more than 2 mil in damage, I'm sure.

    Who has done the cost/ben. study on this and did they include all costs?

    •  Ah, who knows? The problem is there has to be (0+ / 0-)

      landings, depots, etc. along the river, I don't know how many of these still remain.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 08:35:57 AM PST

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      •  Not many. River network (1+ / 0-)
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        for produce and bulk transport in the Willamette Valley was pretty much replaced in the latter 19th C. by first railroads, then roads.

        As Corning (book cited downthread) points out, most of these landings became ghost towns:  Springville, Butteville, etc.

        Butteville was founded in the 1840s by members of the Methodist Mission. Butteville was once served by steamboats running on the Willamette River. Butteville saw the peak of its economy in the 1850s, as it competed with neighboring Champoeg, Oregon for shipping business from the surrounding French Prairie.  Most of Butteville's early residents were French-Canadian

        1905 photo of the already-crumbling Butteville waterfront from across the river.

        You cannot evict an idea whose time has come.

        by rsmpdx on Fri Dec 09, 2011 at 09:21:01 AM PST

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