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Lock & Dam #24
Mississippi River Lock & Dam
Clarksville, Missouri

Lock & Dam #24

• Structure: Lock & Dam #24.
• Location: River Mile 273.4.
• Dam Width: 4,525 Feet Overall, 1,340 Foot Main Structure.
• River Elevation (Pool): 449.1 Feet.
• River Elevation (Outflow): 434.6 Feet.
• Water Fall: 14.5 Feet.
• Annual Lock Traffic: 3,242 Vessels, 28,933,000 Tons (2005).
• Date Opened: March 12, 1940.
This was the first dam on the upper Mississippi River that was built exclusively using Tainter gates. Tainter gates are a curved portion of a cylinder, and they pivot on control arms. The gates can be pivoted at a number of angles to block some or all of the flow of water. They can also be fully lowered out of the path of the water flow to allow the river to flow through the dam unimpeded. Each of the 15 gates are 80 feet wide.

These photos show an interesting activity taking place. Notice in the last photo that a tow boat is just entering a lock. In another photo, the lock is empty. In the 2nd to last photo, a set of barges has already exited the lock. These photos were all taken within a minute or two of each other, so these conditions existed at the same point in time. What is going on? The barge tow is too long for the 600 foot lock. As a result, the tow was broken into two pieces. One set of barges was locked through, then tied up below the dam. The second set is now waiting to enter the lock. Once they pass through the lock, the tow will be joined back together for the trip down to Lock & Dam #25.


Lock & Dam #24
Lock & Dam #24
Lock & Dam #24

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