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On Their Way to 'Forbay"

On Their Way to 'Forbay

A steam-powered dredge helped excavate the nearly two-mile canal that is a critical link between the Thomson Dam and the Thomson Hydroelectric Station in Jay Cooke State Park.  The canal ends in a forebay, or small reservoir, and a concrete dam, from which water flows into mile-long, underground penstocks, or pipes, and drops 378 feet to the generating plant.  After completion of the project in 1907, the area for many years had a small settlement, including a country school, that came to be called “Forbay.”  (Photo courtesy of Gerard Lawson, Duluth, grandson of James Lawson, Thomson Dam resident engineer from 1902 to 1907)    

Uploaded: Fri Aug 06, 2010 @ 06:25PM by Davis Helberg

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