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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine River Needle Dam (Assiniboine River, RM of Portage la Prairie)

This wooden structure in the Assiniboine River in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, south of Portage la Prairie, is a former needle dam constructed in early 1910. Intended to redirect water into nearby Crescent Lake, the design was found to be faulty almost immediately after it was built. River water seeped under the dam and eroded the soil so the dam would not hold water. By early 1911, the metal parts of the needle dam were removed, leaving the remaining wooden parts in place.

Remains of the Assiniboine River Needle Dam

Remains of the Assiniboine River Needle Dam (2017)
Source: Richard Gray

Remains of the Assiniboine River Needle Dam

Remains of the Assiniboine River Needle Dam (2017)
Source: Richard Gray

Site Location (lat/long): N49.93675, W98.31011
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

Portage la Prairie: 1870-1970 by Anne M. Collier, 1970, pages 279-284.

This page was prepared by Richard Gray and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 February 2018

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