Looking out at the wicket dam 53 and the wicket boat from the lock chamber.

Looking out at the wicket dam 53 and the wicket boat from the lock chamber.

With the river low, the wicket dams were up for dam 52 and 53. As we locked through, I was struck by the thought that here was an 81-year-old steamboat passing through a lock and dam almost 80 years old. These wicket dams are made up of wooden planks that can be raised when the water is low or folded down onto the bottom of the river when the water is high, eliminating the need to lock through. Pretty cool design. And they’ve been working here since 1929. A lock and dam and a steamboat, supposedly outdated, but both still operating effectively.

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