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Rare chance to see what the Mississippi River in Minneapolis looked like before the dam

The Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be open to the public.

Next week, people will get the chance to see what the Mississippi River in Minneapolis looked like before the lock and dam was added. 

The Mississippi Park Connection says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lower the water level on the river immediately below St. Anthony Falls so it can inspect the infrastructure that's normally underwater. 

This will allow people to see what the river looked like without the lock and dam – a portion of the river will return to its natural flow and people will be able to see rapids in the river that was once present from St. Anthony Falls to the Minnesota River.

"One of the most exciting things to see is the Stone Arch Bridge as it was intended, which is much taller than it appears," Mississippi Park Connection notes. "The lowered water level will also expose footing for the 10th Avenue wagon bridge and portions of William de la Barre's 1879 dam foundation."

This is a rare opportunity, with the Mississippi Park Connection saying the last time the river level was lowered was in 2008.

What's more, the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam will be open to the public to view the river from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday next week, with the river expected to be at its lowest on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 7. It'll slowly refill on Thursday, with normal water levels returning later in the week. 

BMTN has reached out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more information.

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