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Leech Lake Reservoir Dam, Federal Dam, Cass County, MN



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Federal+Dam+vicinity, MN

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MN-67
Significance: The Leech Lake Reservoir Dam is one of six Mississippi River Headwaters Reservoirs dam sites that are historically significant for their associations with navigation, commerce, tourism, the Ojibway Indians and U.S. Indian policy in Minnesota in the late 19th century. By providing a consistent flow of water throughout the navigation season, the Leech Lake Dam enhanced navigation on and aided in the commercial development of the Upper Mississippi River. The dam site was also one of the earliest non-Indian settlements in the region and by the late 19th century was attracting some of the first tourists to the area. The dam had a devastating impact on the Ojibway Indians who lived on the lake's shores. The project precipitated a century-long conflict between the tribe and the U.S. government over the damages resulting from the inundation of tribal lands and property.

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Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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