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The Grid and the VillageLosing Electricity, Finding Community, Surviving Disaster$
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Stephen Doheny-Farina

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300089776

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300089776.001.0001

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Origins of a Grid, Part 2

Origins of a Grid, Part 2

(p.87) Four Origins of a Grid, Part 2
The Grid and the Village

Stephen Doheny-Farina

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the construction of the Seaway and power dam on the St. Lawrence River in the Louisville Landing region, and gives details about Louisville Landing, which was a primary port of trade in horses, cattle, sheep, and poultry. In addition, its location just above the big rapids made the landing a strategic way station in the nation's huge logging industry. Cut logs from the vast Midwestern forests of Wisconsin were floated through the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence. In addition to its role as a trading center, the landing also became a popular stopping point for tourists and a party spot for locals. The chapter discusses the Seaway in detail, as well as the power dam project and the difficulties that local authorities had to face in the project.

Keywords:   shipping, power dam, decision makers, disaster, construction project

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