This one's a bit of a flashback, but if you weren't around the Inland NW you missed the buzz that was going on over in Kellogg, Id that Memorial Day. From I-90 not much is visible of the massive mining complex that was once Bunker Hill. Millions of cubic yards of contaminated soil, the temporary rerouting of the South Fork of the CDA River, and well over 200 buildings demolished in what was a huge mitigation and cleanup of a mining superfund site. What most people remember though was the day the stacks came down.
On Memorial Day May 27th, 1996 the towering stacks (610 and 715 feet tall) were demo-ed in a public event witnessed by thousands. Fortunately we stumbled across some home video footage taken by a spectator from the hillside across from the stacks. At first thought you might not think a few smelter stacks coming down has much to do with Spokane. But take one look at our skyline and in it you can see reflected the fortunes that were made and consequently shaped the urban environment we experience everyday. The Paulsen Buildings, the Great Northern clock tower, the Old National Bank Building, the Spokesman/Chronicle Buildings, and the twin smelter stacks at Bunker Hill. This stuff is our heritage.
The best minute-and-a-half you'll spend on YouTube all week.
Highlight: At 0:42 the guy yelling, "HOLY SH#T, LOOK AT THAT THING GO!"