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While working at Minneapolis's Washburn mills in the late 1870s, William de la Barre became an internationally known hydroelectricity expert and a key player in the development of water power at St. Anthony Falls.
The heated mill pond, or "hot pond," was invented around 1890. This innovation in Minnesota logging made it possible for logging companies to run their sawmills year-round.
Two-part Soo Line lapel pin used by Soo Line employee Herbert Paist
Triangular wooden walking stick capped with a sterling silver floral engraved headpiece used by William de la Barre.
Painted milk glass cigar humidor used by William de la Barre.
Hennepin Island Hydro Plant, designed by William de la Barre, January 22, 1908.
Lower Dam and Lower Dam Hydro Plant, St. Anthony Falls, designed by William de la Barre, c.1898.
Newly constructed Lower Dam Hydro Plant, designed by William de la Barre, December 9, 1896.
West side canal, engineered by William de la Barre, under construction, c.1890. Photographer: Henry R. Farr.
Photograph of the Washburn A Mill, designed by William de la Barre, c.1882. Photographer: Henry R. Farr.
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