Right below City Hall Plaza at the upper levels of Huntington Park in downtown Spokane, Washington, lies a set of old gears and some twisted cable just perfect for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist. The display is for all to see — a piece of history to remind us of how it all got started in harnessing the water flow through Spokane. Although I know little about how cable is constructed, it involves a lot of twisting of strong metal wires and other components, or at least that what it looks like to me. In many ways, it’s an engineering feat on which lives depend, so a display of some of the first twisted cable makes sense for all of us who want to know what the parts of the whole look like.
New cable supporting the Spokane Falls Skyride is probably better constructed with stronger, more durable twisted wire, insulation, and sturdy sheathing. Let’s hope so. After all, that’s the last thing you want to worry about while enjoying an exhilarating ride across the falls!
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