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Postcard from the Government Ship Canal During a Storm

Undated postcard.

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mnbeerdrinker

about 1 year ago

What are those two posts in the water that look like old wooden pilings?  Was there something extending from the wall out into the canal at one time?

Tony D.

about 1 year ago

MNBEERDRINKER:

Those pilings are likely leftover from the construction of the concrete piers, built between 1896 and 1902, or remnants of the original wooden north pier. Postcard is likely from a photo taken in 1902, as the light poles are standing but the actual lights have not been installed on them. Prior to 1896, the canal had wooden piers and was much more narrow and shorter. They made the canal wider going south, and built the concrete north pier "behind" the original wooden north pier.

mnbeerdrinker

about 1 year ago

Thanks, Tony!  You learn something every day.....

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