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Paducah in McCracken County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Lock and Dam 52

 
 
Lock and Dam 52 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
1. Lock and Dam 52 Marker
Inscription. Lock and Dam 52, completed in 1928, is located at Ohio River Mile 939.9. This site, and Lock and Dam 53, are the only remaining movable wicket dams on the Ohio. Both will be removed when the Olmsted Locks and Dam become operational. When the navigation system was completed in 1929, there were 51 similar projects. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' maneuver boat raises and lowers the wooden wickets, determined by river conditions. The M/V RAY A. ECKSTEIN is shown locking downbound. The vessel, owned and operated by Marquette Transportation Co., Inc., is headquartered in Paducah and named for the company's founder.
 
Erected by Sponsored by Marquette Transportation Company, Inc. to honor the Eckstein family.
 
Location. 37° 5.267′ N, 88° 35.63′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is on South Water Street. Click for map. Between Paducah river Front and Area Riverbeds. Marker is in this post office area: Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Area riverbeds (here, next to this marker); Paducah's Riverfront (here, next to this marker); Construction in the 1840's (a few steps from
Lock and Dam 52 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, September 14, 2011
2. Lock and Dam 52 Marker
this marker); Paducah Marine Supply and Service (a few steps from this marker); May 1913 Paducah Homecoming (a few steps from this marker); Wheel Repair (a few steps from this marker); Christening the Towboat Eleanor (within shouting distance of this marker); Marine Ways (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Paducah.
 
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1. Wicket locks and dams. A compromise solution was a movable dam that could be raised in times of low water to create a pool and lowered when the flow was adequate for navigation. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Olmsted Locks and Dam. The Olmsted Locks and Dam is a concrete dam and locks project currently under construction on the Ohio River at river mile 964.4. It is located near Olmsted, Illinois. The lock chambers will be 110 feet (34 m) wide and 1,200 feet (370 m) long. (Submitted on November 5, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 542 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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