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Corps of Engineers hosts Lock and Dam 1 open house, 100th anniversary celebration

Published June 27, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting an open house at Lock and Dam 1, located near Minnehaha Park at 5000 West River Parkway, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saturday,
July 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year marks 100 years of operation for this lock and dam. The first lockage occurred here at noon,
July 1, 1917.

Corps staff will be available to discuss how the lock works, and a hands-on lock model will be available for kids to play with during the open house. Visitors will be able to see areas not normally available to the public, like the lock house.

In addition to having Corps staff available to answer questions about the lock and navigation, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be available to discuss the importance of water safety.

This open house is free and is being held in conjunction with Highland Fest 2017. For accessibility questions or more information, please contact the Lock and Dam 1 staff at (651) 290-5949.

The lock and dam, often referred to as the Ford Dam, is open for navigation seven days a week from
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy. For more information, see


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Release no. 17-052