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2017.07.08 Saint Joeseph River Waterfall

Built in 1837, this is the first dam on the St. Joe River. On the far side of the dam an additional channel was dug to initially house water wheels which provided mechanical power for early Mishiwaka factories  producing flour, lumber, woolen goods, iron, boots, and shoes. The water wheels were replaced by electric generators in the early 1900s. The dam is only feet high and is designated as a low head dam, or LHD. LHDs pose a significant hazard because it creates a strong hydraulic rotation and back current at the downstream base of the dam. Since the drop is not to high, the danger is often not perceived. Kayakers  and other boaters that stray beyond the warning buoys and go over get trapped in the hydraulic often perishing before they can escape. 

Copyright: Pete Babij
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 29900x14950
Taken: 08/07/2017
Uploaded: 19/09/2017


Tags: dam; river; water; wheels; channel; mechanical; power; factories; electric; generators; lhd; hazard; hydraulic; rotation; current; downstream; danger; kayaks; boats; buoys; escape
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