Shaping the River

Shaping the River (HMWOC)

Location: Hastings, MN 55033 Dakota County
Buy Minnesota State flags at!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at!

N 44° 45.425', W 92° 52.069'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
The natural river above Hastings was treacherous for steamboats, with a depth that reached only three and one-half feet in some places. The first efforts of the federal government to improve navigation of the river were wing dams (piles of rock and brush) to direct the river's flow, and closing dams that constricted alternate water channels, thereby scouring a deeper river bottom.

Finally, in the late 1920s, in order to create a nine-foot navigable channel, the federal government began constructing a system of locks and dams along the Mississippi.

Lighting the Way
Wing dams posed a potential danger to boats. Lighting them enabled those traveling along the river to avoid hitting them accidentally.

Members of the Bloomstrand family lit the navigation lamps on the wing dams buoys for 39 years. John Edward Bloomstrand began lighting the buoys in 1895. His wife, Hedda Daniel Bloomstrand, and their children, Walt Bloomstrand and Lillian Bloomstrand Wilson, also held the job until 1934.

Steps to the Sea
The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed construction on Lock and Dam #2, just upstream of Hastings, in 1930. The dam is the second in a system of 29 locks and dams on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Louis.

By the mid 1940s, the walls of the lock, over 600 feet long, had settled and tilted. A second lock was built in 1948 to replace the original.

The City of Hastings now has a power plant on the dam, generating electricity by water flow.
Placed ByCity of Hastings; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 1:47am PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 510461 N 4955974
Decimal Degrees44.75708333, -92.86781667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 45.425', W 92° 52.069'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 45' 25.50" N, 92° 52' 4.14" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)651, 612
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 844-998 Lock and Dam Rd, Hastings MN 55033, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. Is this marker part of a series?
  2. What historical period does the marker represent?
  3. What historical place does the marker represent?
  4. What type of marker is it?
  5. What class is the marker?
  6. What style is the marker?
  7. Does the marker have a number?
  8. What year was the marker erected?
  9. This marker needs at least one picture.
  10. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  11. Is the marker in the median?