Accession Number : ADA322235

Title :   Soundings - 100 Years at the Missouri River Navigation Project.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CORPS OF ENGINEERS KANSAS CITY MO KANSAS CITY DISTRICT

Personal Author(s) : Ferrell, John

PDF Url : ADA322235

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 187

Abstract : This report presents a pictorial history of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers role in taming the Missouri River focussing mainly on the Kansas City District's role in making the lower channel compatible for commercial navigation. The report is not limited to photographs but contains details on all aspects of the work undertaken by the Kansas City District from 1907 through the Depression Era and World War II to the present. Navigational hazards that had to be overcome are demonstrated by a discussion of the sinking of the towboats 'Minnesota,' 'Mary B,' and 'Tampico.' River changes are illustrated in photographs and the text. Various means to accomplish a safe channel are revealed in descriptions of the Corps working vessels: the quarterboat, the Dredges - the 'Lewis and Clark' and the 'Mitchell' and remembrances of some who worked on the river from as early as 1929. Descriptions are provided of the stern dock and marine way at the Gasconade boatyard, the woven mat process, the pile drive process, and river cut-off construction. The ancillary benefits of the Corps improvement of the river are discussed in the safe commercial use of the navigational channel and associated environmental benefits.

Descriptors :   *ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, *MISSOURI RIVER, COMMERCE, ENVIRONMENTS, HAZARDS, NAVIGATION, HISTORY, CHANNELS(WATERWAYS), DOCKS, PHOTOGRAPHS, BOAT AND SHIP ACCIDENTS, MISSOURI, KANSAS.

Subject Categories : Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology
      Civil Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE