Aug 262012


This summer’s drought has drastically lowered water levels on major waterways throughout the Midwest. The Corps of Engineers first major water control project on the Osage – built around the turn of the last century to facilitate steamboat travel – Lock and Dam #1 was if anything an impediment to river commerce. This morning the crumbling hulk lay exposed to sun and camera…. A reminder that water resource projects have a finite usefulness and then become relics and dangerous ruins.

  2 Responses to “EXPOSED! Lock & Dam #1 on Osage River”

  1. Great photo! Very picturesque ruins. How long were they actively used and maintained?

  2. This dam should be removed! “Damming the Osage” is a great book to read if you want to understand how stupidity and greed made a mess of the Osage.

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