Grand Coulee Dam
Grand Coulee Dam is a gravity dam on the Columbia River
Columbia River
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the U.S. state of Washington, then turns west to form most of the border between Washington and the state...

 in the U.S. state
U.S. state
A U.S. state is any one of the 50 federated states of the United States of America that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. Four states use the official title of...

 of Washington built to produce hydroelectric power and provide irrigation. It was constructed between 1933 and 1942, originally with two power plants. A third power station was completed in 1974 to increase its energy production. It is the largest electric power
Electric power
Electric power is the rate at which electric energy is transferred by an electric circuit. The SI unit of power is the watt.-Circuits:Electric power, like mechanical power, is represented by the letter P in electrical equations...

-producing facility in the United States and one of the largest concrete structures in the world.

The proposal to build the dam was the focus of a bitter debate during the 1920s between two groups.

Don't feel sorry for yourselfI'll always wait for youYour ghost is a lightshow at nightOn the Grand Coulee Dam.The river is watching youAt the drive-in tonightWho do they comfort nowSince I've gone away?

Neko Case|Neko Case, Ghost Wiring

Idiot wind, blowing like a circle around my skull,From the Grand Coulee Dam to the Capitol.Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,You're an idiot, babe.It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

Bob Dylan, Idiot Wind