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Mississippi River Headwaters Reservoirs, Grand Rapids, Itasca County, MN



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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MN-64
Significance: The Mississippi River Headwaters Reservoirs dam sites are historically significant for their association with navigation, commerce, tourism, the Ojibway Indians, and U.S. Indian policy in Minnesota in the late 19th century. The Mississippi Headwaters project comprised one of the earliest large-scale systems of reservoirs in the nation. The Corps of Engineers designed the system to enhance the flow of the Upper Mississippi River during low water periods. By enabling a more reliable waterway system, the reservoirs aided the development of navigation and commerce in the region. Most of the dams were constructed in the wilderness of northern Minnesota, and were both pioneer settlements and early tourist attractions. The project was devastating to the Ojibway Indians, who lost much of their lands and property on the shores of the Headwaters lakes. The construction of the dams led to a century-long dispute between the tribe and the government over the issue of damages.

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Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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