Any kid who grew up in the NW can name the tributaries of the Columbia, but only by playing this tune in their heads, to bring back the lyrics, just like the alphabet! It was particularly prominent in Oregon grade-schools in 1959 celebrating the Centennial.
Any out of town visitors got a tour of the Columbia river valley up to Dalles and the Bonneville dam. There were many interesting things to do including watching the Salmon climb the fish ladders, visit the hatchery, and pet the gigantic Sturgeons on the viewing ponds.
This particular Dam was well planned,at the time, as the Salmon run is a religious event for natives and newcomers. There were also concerns about river ship navigation, but this was resolved by the concept: Lock them up!


Roll on Columbia

There's nothing wrong with thinking
Except that it's lonesome work
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