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Work today wasn't. It was a company trip on one of the Padelford boats on the Mississippi river.

It got really really windy.

barge being loaded with grain.

Odd waterfall with graffiti.

Swing bridge. Fun story behind this one.

Old power plant. Sign on it says "CONDOS" with a phone number.

Ford hydroelectric power plant. Generates enough power to run the entire plant and sell some to Xcel.

Another paddleboat.

Lock & dam #1

The tower.

Motorboat that was in the lock ahead of us. They had a lot of beer.

The wall inside the lock.

buffet lunch.

I have a bunch more pictures, but most of 'em are pretty work oriented. Some neat stuff. Lots of history.


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Sep. 16th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
This is a cool post.
Sep. 16th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Like a flagpole in winter.
Sep. 16th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC)
ive been on that boat. glad you liked it
Sep. 16th, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh, cool! The NerdPod did this same cruise when we went to the Irish Festival this summer. Really was nice.
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
nice pix!
What's the story behind the swing bridge?
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: nice pix!
Evidently it was designed to be a double swing bridge from the beginning, and while they were building it, and old man used to sit in a chair and smoke a corncob pipe and watch with a big smile on his face. Over the months and months that it took to build, the old man would sit out there every day with a big smile and just watch.

When they finally finished the bridge and they were about to operate it for the first time, the old man stood up and said "Hold on, you can't operate that bridge".

"Why not?" asked the company rep.

"Because it swings out over my property, and I never gave any permission for you to be using my property."

Well, it went to court, and the judge agreed with the old man. The railroad had to buy the property or somehow get a license fee from the old man, or scrap the bridge.

The railroad company figured that they were over a barrel, and figured that the price on the property would be astronomically high now.

"Nope," said the old man. "The price hasn't gone up one dollar. You see, I used to work for the railroad until you fired me. I wouldn't sell to you bastards for all the money in the world."
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Good for him!! Hope it's true- what did the RR co. do?
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Hah!!
They cut the bridge in half and added a big chunk of concrete as a counterweight. Something like 1905-- it's actually formed into the concrete.
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