Elwha dam tools become museum artifacts

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- As workers prepare to demolish two dams on the Elwha River, artifacts are making their way to museums.

The Peninsula Daily News reports that giant wrenches that take two men to lift have been delivered to the Clallam County Historical Society Museum in Port Angeles. A four-wheel trolley called a "spill gate donkey" went to the Olympic Timber Town and Heritage Center.

Other items are going to the Joyce Museum and to the National Park Service and Bureau of Reclamation.

The power generators at the dams were shut down June 1. Demolition begins in September.

Removing the dams should restore salmon runs to the Elwha River in Olympic National Park.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com