11th District Engineer, Colonel Richard L. Hoxie, 1901-1903

Colonel Richard L. Hoxie

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The District’s work continued to center on facilitating steamboat navigation and the lumber industry. Colonel Hoxie resisted political pressure to perform questionable dredging, however. He completed the Leech Lake dam. Five steamboats operated on Red Lake, 3 on Red Lake River, 2 on the Red River at Grand Forks, 1 on the Mississippi River between Grand Rapids and Aitkin, and 25 on Lake of the Woods. Excursion boats occasionally went on the Minnesota and St. Croix Rivers. In 1903, one billion feet of logs were floated down the Mississippi, St. Croix, Red Lake, and Chippewa Rivers.