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Farm owner watched first Gateway Bridge being built in 1920s

Everett Rau, 94 years old, at his farm at Lainhart Road in Altamont on Monday, April 14, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Everett Rau, 94 years old, at his farm at Lainhart Road in Altamont on Monday, April 14, 2014.
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Everett Rau was just a little boy when construction began on the first Western Gateway Bridge, but he remembers it like it was yesterday. The pilings for the bridge were made from hemlock trees harvested at a farm across from the one where the 94-year-old Rau was born and still lives. Some of the workhorses for the project were housed in his family’s barn. “My father walked me up the hill just a little ways ...


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