That Rusty Dam

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  1. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    If there is water somebody will say "Dam It!", and they will.

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    This is the Redridge Dam, built in 1901 and used to provide water for a copper stamp mill. It is one of 3 steel dams built in the US and one of 2 still standing. With 308" of snow melting this spring it got to the highest point in years.

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  2. Sniper X

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    Looks in good nick for something made out of steel built 112 years ago that has been wet since me finks.
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  3. KungPaoDog

    KungPaoDog Been here awhile

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    That's pretty Dam cool!

    I'm with Sniper X; that's a long time for steel to hold up that well. Is it re-coated somehow, or just well built?
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  4. Smithy

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    I'll bet a nickel that it's Wrought Iron, not Steel, since the inclusions are a mighty help against corrosion.

    That said, steel's possible, since all the old viking swords and shit are found at river bottoms - the water is a low-oxygen environment, so as long as it stays wet, it won't rust much. Wet, then air, equals massive corrosion... generally speaking.
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  5. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    Here's the wiki page on Steel Dams in the US.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_dam

    They have been afraid for years that water this high would wash the dam away but it's still holding strong and shows no signs of leaking at the joints.
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    I've caught some of the biggest rainbows of my life in that hole in your 6th pic

    But I ain't tellin what lures :deal
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  7. Smithy

    Smithy Avoiding the Skid-Demon

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    Triple Teasers?
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    :nono

    The hole is deep enough for a diving lure. Fish all day and can't hit on live bait or a spinner? - toss a small bright rapala in there. Works a lot better than it should.
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  9. WVhillbilly

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    When are they going to restore and refurbish that?

    Just wondering, because stuff like that is what I do for a living.
    Looks like a cool place.
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  10. Range Motorsport

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    I don't believe they are going to do any restoration on it. We are a small and pretty poor area so funding is very hard to get for a full resto. I would love to see the concrete redone or maybe a small hydro plant installed to make it functional again as a dam but I think that's a long shot.
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  11. WVhillbilly

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    Damn. That would have given me an expense paid trip to da tropical U.P.

    I may be there soon anyway.
    Thanks for the pictures, old structures like that interest me.
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  12. broncobowsher

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    I remember going up Pike's Peak several years ago and came across a steel faced dam. I guess that is different then a steel structured dam. Still neat stuff either way.
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    :deal

    God, I miss trout. Living in Virginia you get puppy chow fish that are 7 inches long and don't know how to fight, or Bass. I fucking hate Bass, and Catfish.
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    Blasphemy! :huh
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    I'm from the NW, and an admitted snob when it comes to fish.
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    I lived 2hrs from Montauk, NY for 40 years and an admitted Bass snob. :D
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  17. Range Motorsport

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    The dam is a haven for fish but nothing that big.
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    What did they do, cut holes in the bottom so it is no longer a functioning dam?
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    "The dam operated for several decades, until the mines closed. After that time, the dam was no longer maintained. On Easter morning of 1941, the spillway behind the dam broke, causing a flood. There was little damage to the steel part of the dam, but with the mining operations stopped, the dam owners had the spillway valves opened. However there were still incidents of overtopping,[2] and the Copper Range Company (successor to Atlantic Mine Company and owner of the dam) had large holes cut in it in 1979 so that it would not retain water. This lowered the level of the reservoir, revealing the earlier timber dam."



    More on the Dam from the Library of Congress, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=hhdatapage&fileName=mi/mi0100/mi0143/data/hhdatapage.db&recNum=0&itemLink=
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  20. green hell

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    from last october...

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