Placed-in-Service, 1931


Bagnell Dam Turbine, 12 July 2014

This cast steel, 50-ton turbine sitting on the shore on the Osage River side of the Bagnell Dam at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the originals. It was placed in service in 1931, after 20 months of 24-hour-a-day construction to build the dam, and stayed in use for 70 years. The dam’s turbines were replaced with more efficient stainless steel ones in 2001.

Bagnell Dam

Bagnell Dam, 12 July 2014


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic – “Share a photo of what “relic” means to you — it could be your still-running 1979 Honda Accord Hatchback, an historic building in your town, or an old, rusted farm implement poking up through the long grass in a field.”

I considered using my father’s 1951 Union Steel Chest Corp fishing tackle box, but I couldn’t get the photograph I envisioned without breaking the law and trespassing on some dangerous rocky shores. Here’s the inside. The lures are also relics (probably).

tackle box


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*Featured and Post Image are mine: Bagnell Dam original Turbine and Bagnell Dam, 12 July 2014
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3 thoughts on “Placed-in-Service, 1931

    • Thanks Amy! I was thrilled with this week’s challenge word because I knew my dad had brought his half-century-plus old tackle box (that belonged to his dad) to our vacation spot and was ready to climb the fence to get a photo of it on the shore of the lake, but then we visited the dam and this turbine was just there waiting to be photographed as a relic. For once I had too much to choose from. 🙂


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