4. Raumanjoki River and its bridges

Sometimes you can stray from the main streets and go to the riverside on the north. The river in Rauma is known for its shallow water. However, the river used to be of great importance to the residents of Rauma. The once wide river used to run through the city. However, the river shrank over time due to land uplift, and by the end of the 19th century, the river was a small streamlet and ships were forced to stop to the port over a kilometre away. Pollution was a heated topic of discussion already at that time. The river was used as an open sewer and it was polluted by the leather factory and dyehouse located by the river. At the end of the 19th century, the local paper referred to the river as “poison river” due to its poor condition. Polluting the river became a finable offense.

Despite the pollution, residents used to wash their clothes upstream, by Taari bridge, which lead from Itäkatu to Pohjankatu, but laundering activities were prohibited along with the new regulations. The river was an important landmark to the residents of Rauma.

The river is now in good condition. Even trout are found in the river. The trout are microchipped so that their seasonal migration patterns can be tracked. There is also a scanner under the church bridge, which is used to survey the trout’s movements in the city area.

If you close your eyes and feel the air by the river, the breeze feels like a __________ to the past.

Write the correct word in the poem (21) as well.

pyykillä taarin sillalla
Women washing laundry in Taarinsilta bridge