The US Army Corps of Engineers on the Mississippi River

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For hundreds of years, the Mississippi River has delivered incredible benefits, but near-annual flooding and poor navigation required continual improvements. Starting in 1824, the US Army Corps of Engineers worked to develop solutions to these problems. Since 1879, it has participated in the Mississippi River Commission, responsible for reengineering the river and its tributaries. These historical photographs capture 200 years of federal, state, and local engineers working together to implement engineering solutions spanning Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Their efforts included snag removal, dredging, bank grading, cutoffs, and revetment and construction of levees, dikes, controlled outlets, reservoirs, and freshwater diversions.
ISBN: 9781467108607
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Mississippi
Series: Images of America
Images: 223
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Damon Manders is a consulting historian who has written about the US Army Corps of Engineers and engineering on the Mississippi River for more than 30 years. He is the author of The Cutoff Plan: How a Bold Engineering Plan Broke with US Army Corps of Engineers Policy and Saved the Mississippi Valley; Engineers Far From Ordinary: The US Army Corps of Engineers in St. Louis with Brian Rentfro; and numerous other books, manuscripts, and articles about the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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