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Pic of the week: JVC demolition

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm with No Comments »
November 18, 2008 12:31 pm

Here is this week’s photo. I took this as the wrecking ball took bites out of the roof of the old Jackson Visitor Center. I thought I would share it with readers since the Nisqually Road is still closed.

Jeffrey P. Mayor/The News Tribune

Concrete, metal and other debris flies as a 4,500-pound wrecking ball crashes through the roof of the old Jackson visitor center at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park.

It was amazing to watch the crane operators aim the wrecking ball, which weighs 4,500 pounds, to hit exactly where they wanted.

It was just as cool to watch the ball literally bounce off the roof a couple of times. How can something the weight of a pick up truck not punch through the roof?

With the road closed, the best way to track the progress is through one of the Paradise Web cams. Of course, since I posted the link yesterday it has been either too dark or too foggy to see much. I just checked the camera, and you can see a ghostly image of the center in the latest shot from the west end of the new visitor center.

Still, this is our best option for viewing the work.

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