Giant Bucket Memorializes the “Bucket Brigade”
Klamath Falls, Oregon
submitted by “Kamikaze” and “Butterfly” (Steve & Amanda)
This giant bucket is located in front of the City offices in Klamath Falls, Oregon and is part of an ongoing battle or “Bucket Brigade” that began with the drought in 2001.
(Via Huffington Post) … There was a drought in 2001 that caused water levels to be low and a court decision was made to shut off the irrigation water. Many farmers in the Klamath area are almost totally dependent on irrigation. Once the court’s decision to stop irrigation was announced, many of the farmers launched protests. A bucket brigade as defined as “a method for transporting items where items are passed from one stationary person to the next; more specifically, it refers to a method of firefighting before the advent of hand pumped fire engines, whereby firefighters would pass buckets to each other to extinguish a blaze,” (Wikipedia). However, this bucket brigade was symbolic in nature and put into place purposely to make a statement to the federal government. “In a symbolic gesture of defiance to the federal ban on irrigation, farmers and their sympathizers formed a mile-long human chain and transported water, person-to-person, from Lake Ewauna at the city’s Veterans Park to the main canal of the irrigation system,” The bucket brigade was held on May 7, 2001 and was an all day event with thousands of people present.
“The main attraction in the parade was the arrival of a giant 12-foot bucket that had been made in Salt Lake City, Utah, and brought to Klamath Falls by the convoy from Elko. The bucket, which includes an American flag flying from its handle, was lifted from a trailer to the cement at the front of the county building by a large crane. According to event organizer Bill Ransom, the bucket will remain in front of the government edifice until the ‘battle is won’,” (Strom Article)
This giant bucket is symbolic to the farmers to let them know that even though they are going through a rough time, the community is backing them.
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