River Power Days - June 30 & July 1, 2012 -Keokuk, IA
Keokuk, IA This summer, for the first time this century, the public will have the opportunity to cross over the Keokuk Lock and walk all the way into the AmerenUE power house.
River Power Days – at the Keokuk side of the dam, power house, and old lock – will be June 30 and July 1, 2012. We will be celebrating 1912’s construction work including the historic building of these colossal structures. Both days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., walkways and exhibits will be open to the public.
Next year, 2013, an even bigger observance is planned, celebrating the completion and dedication of this project in 1913.
River Power Days will feature these experiences:
An exhibit of construction photos and artifacts.
Fortunately for history, Herman Anschutz was hired to photograph the construction progress. More than 1,500 excellent photos were shot. Many photos are being enlarged for exhibit purposes to visually tell the story about the harnessing of the Mississippi River. Photos will be displayed along the walkway on the north side of the old lock. Knowledgeable interpreters will be available for questions.
Grandeur of the old locks
Opposite the photography exhibit, visitors will see the old lock and dry dock. The water has been removed so it appears as it did during construction. Exposed for viewing are the lock gates and operating mechanisms.
Spectacle of river cascading out of the spillways
The walkway leading to power house presents a magnificent view of the Mississippi River as it flows out of the power house and across the dam’s spillways. There’s also an excellent view of the Illinois shore where the dam construction began.
The generating room from observation platform inside the power house
Visitors will be allowed to enter the power house and stand on the observation platform to appreciate the generating room’s length of 600 feet.
AmerenUE is updating and changing parts of the water turbines and generating units; AmerenUE employees will be available for questions. From there, visitors will exit the platform and go through the forebay side of the power house where the grates filter the water before entering the turbines.
Come visit one of the engineering marvels of the last 100 years.
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