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William de la Barre

 

—Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —

 
William de la Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
1. William de la Barre Marker
Inscription. After the Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878, a young Vienna-born engineer called on owner Cadwallader C. Washburn with a dust-collecting device that he said would prevent such accidents. Washburn hired him to oversee rebuilding the A Mill. William de la Barre stayed as the engineer for the milling companies that controlled the use of the falls. By improving the water distribution system, he increased the over-all output of waterpower nearly six times. His work ushered in the era of hydroelectricity at the falls, and he remained active until his death in 1936.
 
Erected by the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board.
 
Location. 44° 58.985′ N, 93° 15.745′ W. Marker is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker is on West River Parkway ¼ mile west of Portland Avenue South, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is along a walking path next to the Mississippi River. Marker is in this post office area: Minneapolis MN 55401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indians at the Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barrel-Makers' Co-ops (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The House of John H. Stevens
William de la Barre Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
2. William de la Barre Marker
The Third Avenue Bridge is at the right.
(about 500 feet away); The Washburn and Pillsbury Clans (about 600 feet away); Bridging the Stream (about 700 feet away); Joseph N. Nicollet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nicollet Island Businesses (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Uses for Old Mills (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Minneapolis.
 
Also see . . .  William de la Barre. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 22, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 507 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 22, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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