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Foreword
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Glossary

Chapter 16: Water Resources

16.25: The Ten Mile Dam on the Little Saskatchewan River

One of the main values of keeping old photographs is that they preserve records of things that have disappeared. This 1947 photo shows the Ten Mile Dam 1[i] on the Little Saskatchewan River 2 just above its junction with the eastward-flowing Assiniboine River 3. The dam backed up a reservoir 4 in the Little Saskatchewan Valley, but it emptied when the dam was washed away in 1948. The dam was the location of the first hydroelectric power station in Manitoba. It supplied electricity to Brandon during the summer months between 1901 and 1930.

Note also on this photo the Assiniboine River flows near the southern margin of a glacial lake spillway 5, the northern edge of which is marked by a dashed line 6. Where it crosses the spillway floor the Little Saskatchewan River has changed position many times; former positions can be seen west 7 and east 8 of the channel that existed in 1947. The meander loop on the Assiniboine in the extreme southwest corner 9 has since been artificially cut off.

Figure 16.25: The Ten Mile Dam on the Little Saskatchewan River

Figure 16.25: The Ten Mile Dam on the Little Saskatchewan River

Figure 16.25

Vertical air photograph: A11041-202

Flight height: 9,520 feet; lens focal length: 6 inches

Scale: 1:16,200 (approx.)

Date: May 19, 1947

Location: Township 10 and 11; Range 20WI

Map sheets: 1:250,000 62F Virden

                    1:50,000 62F/16 Alexander

Notes

[i] Ten miles is the distance from Brandon.