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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Can anyone identify this dam? This photo is one of a trio purchased in northern California. I get dizzy just looking at the staircases clinging to the side of the cliff on the right. View full size.

Not for the fainthearted!

I have no idea where this dam is, but the catwalk that is waaaay down on the dam would be a nightmare for anyone afraid of heights. The don't normally bother me, but THIS one would give me the heebie jeebies! There is a good reason I don't work on a dam--I don't want to go out on the modern equivalent of this!

 
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