Grandma Barb’s This and That

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lock and Dam #7

Crossing the Mississippi River between LaCrosse, WI and LeCrescent, MN, October 2011 on my way back from New Hampshire.



The dam was built in 1937 and underwent major rehabilitation from 1989 to 2000.


The lock and dam crossing the river


Close up.


Locks and dams were built on the Mississippi, not for flood control, but for river navigation and allows vessels to step up and down from one water level to the next.  The first Lock and Dam was built in 1917 at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.  I was fortunate to take a river boat cruise through the lock and dam at St. Anthony Falls many years ago.

You can find more information about the lock and dams of the Upper Mississippi River 

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Thanks for stopping!  Always enjoy hearing from you.
Barb

27 comments:

Beth said...

Great photos of the mighty Mississippi!

Custom Comforts said...

I didn't know they had locks on the Mississippi. It looks so majestic and beautiful. Great pictures.
Cindy.

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i've heard that the Mississippi river is very low in places that they can't even send barges down the river. so wild. scary too!!! i hope we get rain soon. great shots. ( :

eileeninmd said...

Lovely shots of the Mississippi River. The locks are neat, it is a cool process, watching how they work. Great post, Barb!

Rose said...

Interesting...always fascinated by the Mississippi River. I had rather visit it as the ocean!

Renae at simple sequins said...

hi Barb! I know my Dad would have loved these bridges. He built some in Utah in his day. (hug)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

New Hampshire - you were in my neck of the woods! Locks and dams are fascinating - I remember watching a lock get changed in upstate NY once. These are really great photos!

Pamela Gordon said...

Interesting photos Barb. That would be interesting to see the barges going through the locks.

TexWisGirl said...

i love the lacrosse area. so pretty!

Prims By The Water said...

I never knew the Mississippi had locks. We have a set of locks in Sault Ste Marie (we call it the Soo) in which the freighters go between Lake Huron and Lake Superior in the St Mary's River. Would love to see these in person one day. Stay warm Barb, Janice

Jeannelle said...

Great shots! I took that cruise at St. Anthony Falls once, too.

Linda said...

Nice shots of the locks. I enjoy watching them in operation...they have been there a long time!

Bi Ti said...

I enjoy the tour of the dam. Thank you for visiting pret-a-vivre.

Nell at njschout said...

What an interesting place. Great photos!

Marie said...

Really pretty shots...and so interesting to learn about the locks and dams.

Leave It To Davis said...

My cousin lives in Metarie, La., so I have actually SEEN the Mississippi River in New Orleans. I know that's a far piece from where you shot this, but it's the same river! I haven't seen much in this world in person.

Karen said...

A very interesting bit of Mississippi River information! I have heard the water levels have been suffering this past year due to drought. The water is so blue! Very pretty!

Brian King said...

Fantastic views! I love the third photo! Beautiful sky blue!

Maple Lane said...

I love to see different parts of the country through blogging. The cruise you mention must have been very nice.

Thank you for your prayers for Mary and family.

Have a nice day.

Jan n Jer said...

Nice view...I would love to watch the Lock work.

Amy Burzese said...

Great shots. I still have a hard time thinking about the Mississippi River all the way up there. I was going to post another dam this week too. Not copying you, I promise! :)

Vee said...

My husband has just finished reading a book about the lower Mississippi 1927 floods. He'll be interested to see these photos and read more about the upper Mississippi. Do you hail from New Hampshire?

Judy said...

Wow, we've missed this one. This will have to be our next stop on our visit to the Mississippi river.

Deanna said...

Looks like you had a gorgeous day to enjoy the damn and it's surrounding water!!

Tricia Hays said...

Isn't that where they're having problems w/ Asian jumping fish? I saw something on How States Got Their Shapes a couple weeks ago, I think that's where I watched it, & they showed fish literally jumping out of the water & into their boats... the sound of the boat motor irritates them & they jump trying to get away from it.

Beautiful views! Thank you for joining, Barb =)

Linda Primmer said...

Such a great photos. Good old Mississippi River is a treasure.

Jori said...

Hmmm fascinating! I'm going to have to visit the link and read more about this!