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With Falls City, in Polk County, Oregon lying dead center along the line of the line of east-west traverse of the moon's shadow from the coming August 21 eclipse, we thought it appropriate to commemorate this historic event with the publication (by uploading) of this LOST issues of the PYM PUZZLER -- MISSING PERSONS !
Falls City (Oregon) is one of Oregon’s gemstones-of a–town, which – about a century ago, was about the burgeoningist logging and lumber-milling towns on the Little Luckiamute River, in the foothills of the Coast Range, in western Polk County. TAKE NOTE: the City took its name from a particularly powerful waterfall on that same Little Luckimaute river, west and upriver a spot, from the heart of where the town was built: for it is there that the Little Luckiamute not only “falls” but – in its natural state – is largely propelled where it is funneled through a congestion of rocks on the banks at the brink of the falls – creating an especially spumey cataract of some 40-50 feet.
HOWEVER, at the time of the events in question in This Week’s Puzzler, the Little Luckiamute was dammed – a development enplaced during the late 1800’s – as pictured above. Water in the reservoir behind the dam, was diverted via an aquaduct of tongue-and-groove fir boards, to power the sawmill on the south bank of the Luckiamute … BUT THERE'S SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS GOING ON HERE ... FIND OUT INSIDE !!