Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Big Water / Stairway of Water
The river was a pathway through the wilderness for the native Americans, explorers, fur traders, and settlers, Indian villages, settlements, towns and eventually cities grew up along the shores of the river. The river was food, water, livelihood and supplies for the people along its shores. Downstream trips were dangerous but possible when the water in the
The invention of the steamship and the further refinement of a ship designed to ply the Mississippi River made more of the river navigable more of the time. As travel and commerce increased along the river, the demand for navigation improvements was answered by Congress. With the General Survey of 1824, the army engineers were authorized to make these improvements, culminating in the 9-Foot Channel and the Locks and Dams system of today on the Upper Mississippi River.
The locks and dams like the one you see here work together. The dam holds back water creating the pools and the locks act as an escalator or stairway moving the vessels up or down to the next pool.
The digging or dredging of a 9-foot channel was necessary and the series of 29 locks and dams have allowed the Twin Cities to become the head of navigation. Minneapolis and St. Paul are now major trading ports accessible to barges from as far away as New Orleans, carrying products from around the world. Lock & Dam No. 1 is conveniently located between the bread basket to the west and industry to the east.
Erected by US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District.
Location. 44° 54.895′ N, 93° 12.172′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from Godfrey Road 0.2 miles east of 46th Avenue South. Touch for map. Marker is at Lock and Dam No. 1. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5000 West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN 55417, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wing Dams (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lock and Dam No. 1 Story (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hydro Electric Turbine (approx. 0.2 miles away); 3 – Master Map (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1–Main Entrance Minnehaha Lower Glen (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gunnar Wennerberg (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Harrington Stevens House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
Also see . . .
1. Nokomis East Area. Mississippi River Lock and Dam #1 (the "Ford Dam"). (Submitted on December 1, 2011.)
2. US Army Corps of Engineers. Lock and Dam 1. (Submitted on December 1, 2011.)
3. Intercity Bridge. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 1, 2011.)
Additional keywords. Ford Dam
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on August 11, 2017, by McGhiever of St Paul, Minnesota. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 1, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.