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Esther Short Park bell tower to ring again after Vancouver approves $1.83 million for repairs

Salmon Run Bell Tower built in 2002 fell silent as landmark fell into disrepair

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 19, 2024, 6:03am
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The mechanical doors in the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park haven&rsquo;t opened anytime recently. The city plans to spent $1.83 million on repairs, restoration and upgrades.
The mechanical doors in the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park haven’t opened anytime recently. The city plans to spent $1.83 million on repairs, restoration and upgrades. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The story of the salmon is the story of the Chinook Indian Nation. In spring 2002, that story started getting told like clockwork — every day at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. — by a recorded voice and moving mechanical display set halfway up the face of the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park.

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