Friday, October 4, 2013

Wicket Dam and Lock 34 on the Ohio River.......

Wicket Dams were installed along the Ohio River from 1879-1929, to maintain a navigable channel year round.  Previously the Ohio River might be only 1-2 feet deep in places by the end of the summer.  More on Wicket Dams here.

Control House for the Wicket Dam and Lock #34 at Chilo, Ohio.  Above view from the Control Room; Below The Lock #34 Control House.  The scale on the building indicated the highest water crest of the Ohio during the 1937 Flood (first two floors totally submerged).

The last Wicket Dams on the Ohio remained in operation through the 1970's.

1 comment:

  1. This looks like a very interesting place to visit. Thank you for posting your photos.

    My wife found out how interested I am in things like this last summer when we spent a few weeks in Rock Island, IL. On one of the first mornings I had to venture out to one of the locks. ( and got stopped by security who later gave us kind of a tour).

    I've got this place on my list of places to visit.