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MTU Students - Field Trips

Earthwork, Dams, Water, Rivers, Education, Postsecondary Education, Education, Higher Sketching a dam - Sturgeon. [Students with pencils and paper sit on a rock and sketch as the splashing waters of the river crash in the background.]

Scanned: June 5, 2009


Dams - Sturgeon River

Earthwork, Dams, Water, Rivers, Woody Plants, Trees Sturgeon River [Image of the dam and river.]

Scanned: June 5, 2009


Redridge Steel Dam

Earthwork, Dams, Water, The spillway disintegrating. The spillway leading from Redridge Steel Dam is shown here as the flood waters are ripping it apart as they rush down into the canyon and on into Lake Superior. The flood occurred on Easter Sunday, 1941. [Water is seen rushing over broken timbers]

Scanned: April 17, 2006


Dams - Redridge

Disasters, Earthwork, Dams, Water The gates to the Redridge Steel Dam as they appeared in the Great Flood of Easter Sunday, 1940. [Image of water rushing through the gates.]

Scanned: May 1, 2009


Dams - Redridge

Disasters, Earthwork, Dams, Water The spillway at full capacity. On Easter Sunday of 1941 the Redridge Steel dam went over at flood stage, caused by the breaking and collapse of the beaver dams upstream on the tributaries of the Salmon Trout River tributaries. It was a period of heavy warm rains and melting snows and so the run off came crashing down into the steel dam. Logs, old row boats, and debris all came tumbling over the steel causing serious concern to the roadway below that just barely collapsed from the rising water between dam and roadway. The high water mark between dam and roadway was four feet. If the water had risen over that, the whole roadway would have collapsed cutting off traffic to Freda and Beacon Hill. This photo was taken in 1941 as the "gates" to the launder or spillway were crashing and collapsing. [Photo of rushing water through the dam gates.]

Scanned: May 4, 2009


Dams - Redridge

Earthwork, Dams, Woody Plants, Trees, Water The Redridge Steel dam nearing completion in 1901-02. [Image of the dam showing numerious tree stumps near the water. Please see comment section for further information.]

Scanned: November 8, 2007


Dams - Redridge

Earthwork, Dams, Woody Plants, Trees, Water, Lakes Atlantic Mining Company's log dam at Redridge, Michigan. [Image of water flowing over the log dam. Please see comment section for further information.]

Scanned: November 8, 2007


Dams - Redridge

Earthwork, Dams, Woody Plants, Trees, Water, Lakes The high water mark of the old Redridge Dam in 1947. Photo taken by Bill Brinkman with his brother Alvin as pilot of the Piper Cub circling above. [Aerial image of the dam and surrounding area. Please see comment section for further information.]

Scanned: November 8, 2007


Dams - Redridge

Earthwork, Dams, Woody Plants, Trees, Water, Lakes The Redridge Log Dam that impounds the water of the Salmon Trout River was built in 1891-92 by the Atlantic Mining Co. to supply its mill (wash) with water for processing copper. In 1901-02 the Baltic Mining Co. built a new large steel dam just 75 ft. north of the log dam and this steel dam supplied water for both the Baltic and Atlantic mills until their closing - the Atlantic in 1912 and the Baltic in 1922. [Photo of the log dam with water cascading over it.]

Scanned: November 8, 2007


Dams - Redridge

Earthwork, Dams, Woody Plants, Trees, Water, Lakes The construction of the spillway or overflow or launder as they were called is shown here as it progresses to completion. The photographer was standing where the "gates" were later constructed which controlled the flow of water from the steel dam that had impounded water from the Salmon Trout River. This construction took place in 1901-02 and was completed at same time as that of the dam and the Baltic Mill in 1902. [Image of the construction of the spillway. Please see comment section for further information.]

Scanned: November 8, 2007