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Mississippi River 9-Foot Channel Project, Lock & Dam No. 16, Upper Mississippi River, Muscatine, Muscatine County, IA



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Location
Upper Mississippi River, Muscatine vicinity, IA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IA-26
Building/structure dates: 1937 initial construction
Significance: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nine-Foot Channel Project (1927-1940) represents the culmination of a 100-year effort to improve the navigability of the Upper Mississippi River between the mouth of the Missouri River and Minneapolis, Minnesota. This specific project arose as a response to the farm crisis of the 1920s. Proponents of the New Deal adopted the project and gave speed to its construction as a means of providing public employment during the more general depression of the 1930s. By the 1940s, the completed project had converted over 650 miles of free-flowing river into a series of interconnected reservoirs which ensured enough water for fully loaded modern boats and barges to navigate the system. This constituted a significant alteration of the natural environment of the Upper Mississippi River. However, the project also brought economic benefits to the communities along and around the river corridor and lead to new recreational opportunities for the entire region.

Related Names
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
Abbott, Edwin E.
Ramser, O. R.


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW OF DAM, DOWNSTREAM SIDE, LOOKING FROM TOE OF DIKE
2. GENERAL VIEW OF DAM, DOWNSTREAM SIDE, LOOKING FROM GUIDEWALL
3. GENERAL VIEW OF LOCK, DOWNSTREAM SIDE, LOOKING FROM GUIDEWALL
4. GENERAL VIEW OF ESPLANADE, LOOKING FROM THE SOUTH
5. DETAIL VIEW OF DAM, SPILLWAY
6. DETAIL VIEW OF UPSTREAM RIVERWALL EXTENSION, MAIN LOCK
7. VIEW OF VISITOR'S CENTER/RESTROOM BUILDING
8. GENERAL HIGH ALTITUDE AERIAL VIEW OF COMPLEX AND SETTING. October 1982
9. DAM CONSTRUCTION PHOTO SHOWING STEEL SHEET PILING FOR OGEE SPILLWAY, LOOKING NORTH. August 1935
10. LOCK CONSTRUCTION PHOTO SHOWING CONCRETE MONOLITHS FOR WALLS, LOOKING NORTH. August 1934
11. LOCK INDEX. September 1934
12. LOCK GUIDEWALL EXTENSION SITE MAP. June 1946
13. LOCK GATE OPERATING MACHINERY. December 1933
14. DAM COFFERDAM. November 1933
15. LOCK KEEPER'S DWELLINGS, FLOOR PLANS AND STAIRWAY. December 1933
16. LOCK COFFERDAM, SITE PLAN. September 1933
17. PROJECT LOCATION. September 1933
18. LOCK KEEPER'S DWELLINGS' ELEVATION AND WALL SECTIONS. (December 1933)
19. LOCK GATE OPERATION MACHINERY, ASSEMBLY. October 1933
20. LOCK, PILE SPACING. December 1933
21. DAM INDEX. September 1934


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