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THIS NINE-MILE CANAL. BUILT AT A COST OF $8.000.000. WILL, WITH ITS LOCKS. BE SUBMERGED
TWENTY FEET BY THE BACK WATER OF THE DAM.
shores for a distance of approximately Keokuk. When entirely completed the forty miles above Keokuk. Immediately project calls for 250,000 horse-power, adjacent to Keokuk the river is lined although it is expected that 200,000 will with high, limestone bluffs so that there be nearer the amount developed for some will be little change in the contour there- years to come. St. Louis, 167 miles disabouts, the main alteration being the tant, is in the market for a large share submerging of the narrow lowland shelf of the power, which can be sold there now occupied by the tracks of the Bur- at $18 per horse-power per year. Steam lington railroad and their removal to a power within 250 miles of Keokuk now ledge of the bluffs or cliffs. On the Illi- averages about $55 a horse-power per nois shore, however, immediately ad- .year, so that the saving from the electric jacent to Hamilton, there will be hun- power is going to be great. dreds of acres of lowlands, now annu- But Keokuk is not expecting to build ally planted to grain, which will be sub- this immense engineering project and merged. The Keokuk and Hamilton then transmit the power to other cities, Water Power Company, which is build- to grow at its expense. Known in the ing the dam, has already purchased old historic trail and waterways days as three-fourths of the property which will the Gate City of the West, Keokuk lies be submerged and has options on prac- at the convergence of three great states: tically all the rest. It is estimated that Iowa—which leads the nation in the proapproximately $1,500,000 has been or duction of oats—Illinois—which leads in will be paid out for riparian rights before corn—and Missouri—which leads in the dam is completed.
hogs. Iowa has never figured very The initial installation is expected to prominently as
prominently as a manufacturing state, be 100,000 horse-power, of which 60,000 being content to rest on its laurels as an has already been contracted for by the agricultural state. The same is true of Union Electric Light and Power, the Missouri and western Illinois. But the Laclede Gas, and the United Railways awakening has come and now these three companies of St. Louis, leaving only 40,- states are looking forward to a time in 000 to be disposed of in and around the near future when their home-grown raw materials shall be converted into the become a rival to Niagara Falls in very finished products of commerce and when truth. Already plans are being laid to they shall dominate the manufacturing divert to Keokuk the shipments of bauxworld as they long have the agricultural. ite, the clay used in the manufacture of Iowa has numerous cereal mills, one of aluminum, from Niagara Falls, where it the largest being located in Keokuk. But is shipped by rail from Arkansas. Keoits farmers have been obliged to send kuk argues, and with apparent reason, to Ohio and Indiana for their imple- that bauxite might far better come to a ments and machines. With cheap power cheap water power by a cheap water available in immense quantities and with route. Negotiations are also in progthe Mississippi flowing unchecked at its ress for the establishment of a factory feet, furnishing a cheap means of trans- for the conversion of the limestone, with portation to the north and south and east, which the community abounds, into comKeokuk looks forward to the day when mercial fertilizer by electrolysis. factories will line the bluffs and the city The man who is building the dam, Mr. Hugh L. Cooper, engineered the ers were at work, each of them capable work on the wing dam in the Horseshoe of crushing 130 tons an hour into threerapids of Niagara, building out 800 feet inch stone. A sand pump brought 15,000 into a millrace moving seventeen miles yards of sand from the river bottom an hour and ranging from twenty-two to every ten hours. The cement fixers fell twenty-six feet in depth. Another feat on this material and fed it into the mixof Mr. Cooper's was putting in the Mc- ing machines, capable of producing 1,200 Call Ferry dam in the Susquehanna cubic yards a day. With the concrete river, 3,100 feet long, sixty feet high, and ready for the piers and abutments, the developing 135,000 water-power. The carriers, shovels, and miscellaneous Keokuk dam presents no new or difficult equipment went chugging back and forth engineering problems, immense as it is. over the improvised track and the great One of the things which makes the her- dam began to appear; slowly, it is true, culean task easier is the fact that the but surely, which is the main thing. building materials exist in almost After a year's work on the Illinois shore, limitless quantity right at hand. The a new gang of men was brought over to Mississippi is lined for more miles the Iowa shore. The cement storehouse than any man knows with bed upon bed on the Illinois shore, holding 10,000 barof limestone. It is necessary only to un- rels, gave up 2,000 barrels of its stock cover the surface strata of dirt and blast daily, while train loads of new cenient the rock into movable chunks for the kept the stock replenished day after day. huge crushers. Sand, also, is there in During the first year of construction the limitless quantity. Before the work was daily demand was for ten carloads of many months under way two rock crush- cement and three carloads of coal.
A Sea Song
Oh, for a soft and gentle wind!
I heard a fair one cry;
And white waves heaving high.
The good ship tight and free;
And merry men are we.
And lightning in yon cloud;
The wind is piping loud;
The lightning flashing free
RAILWAY PROBLEM OF TOMORROW
LAURIS TON BULLARD
MERICAN electrical engineers with the danger a problem, a danger
must study in the immediate which the men in control of the roads future as vast and vital a rail- must very soon consider, and a problem way problem as any which has which they must hand over to the very
taxed the abilities of experts best engineers for solution. in the whole history of the development There are in the world today about of the transportation system of the 1.300 miles of railroads upon which United States. “Electrification is bound electricity is used for heavy service. Far to come”—that is the well-considered the greater part of this mileage is in the opinion of the president of one of the United States. In addition there are 435 great railroad systems of the country, a miles of electric elevated and subway man who in a statesmanlike way is lead- lines in the cities of Boston, Chicago, ing the railway development of the time. Philadelphia, and New York. But the Indeed, electrification is coming and it is systems of electrification which are used coming fast. But the fact that various upon these lines are not uniform. railways are employing various systems For example, the New York, New of electrification brings a danger and
Haven and Hartford has twenty-one
miles of its main lines, making one hun- cided to clectrify that twenty-one miles dred miles of single track, electrified by of its own lines it was face to face with what is called the single-phase system. the restriction imposed by those twelve But the New York Central has thirty- miles of New York Central lines. Yet it three miles of four-tracked line, or 132 decided in favor of the alternating curmiles of single track, electrified by what rent in spite of the twelve miles over is known as the continuous or direct which it would have only the direct curcurrent system. Now these two roads rent available. use the same depot in New York City. The Erie Railway has thirty-four Practically all the New England railway miles of single-phase electrification. The service into New York City is over the Pennsylvania has seventy-five miles four tracks of the New Haven line to a of the direct current system. The West point twelve miles out from the Grand Shore has · 106 miles of continuous Central station, where the trains pass at current electrification, the Long Island full speed to the tracks of the New York Railroad has 125 miles, the West Central over which they complete their Jersey and Seashore 150 miles, and the run to the terminal. For the twenty-one Baltimore and Ohio seven miles. On miles of the run on the New Haven the other hand, the Grand Trunk has tracks the trains are operated from over- twelve miles of the other system, the head trolley wires by alternating current Colorado Southern forty-six miles, and taken aboard the locomotive at 11,000 the Baltimore and Annapolis Shortline volts. For the twelve miles on the New thirty miles. There is a greater diversity York Central tracks they are operated in Europe. In Italy there is a considerfrom the third rail by direct current at able mileage operated by what is known 650 volts. When the New Haven de- as the three-phase system. The same