William de la Barre

William de la Barre (HMTBG)

Location: Minneapolis, MN 55401 Hennepin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 58.985', W 93° 15.745'

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— Saint Anthony Falls Heritage Trail —

After the Washburn A Mill explosion in 1878, a young Vienna-born engineer called on owner Cadwallader C. Washburn with a dust-collecting device that he said would prevent such accidents. Washburn hired him to oversee rebuilding the A Mill. William de la Barre stayed as the engineer for the milling companies that controlled the use of the falls. By improving the water distribution system, he increased the over-all output of waterpower nearly six times. His work ushered in the era of hydroelectricity at the falls, and he remained active until his death in 1936.
Placed ByThe St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 12:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 479311 N 4981104
Decimal Degrees44.98308333, -93.26241667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 58.985', W 93° 15.745'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 58' 59.10" N, 93° 15' 44.70" W
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Area Code(s)612, 763, 952, 651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 23308 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis MN 55401, US
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