Dresden Island Lock and Dam Historic District

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Dresden Island Lock and Dam Historic District
CONTROL STATION AND LOCK. LOOKING EAST. - Illinois Waterway, Dresden Island Lock and Dam , 7521 North Lock Road, Channahon, Will County, IL HAER IL-164-F-1.tif
The dam's control station, with the lock to the left
Location 7521 N. Lock Rd., Morris, Illinois
Area 23.4 acres (9.5 ha)
Built 1933
Architect Smith, Walter Mickle
Architectural style Lock and Dam, other
Governing body Federal
MPS Illinois Waterway Navigation System Facilities MPS
NRHP Reference # 04000164[1]
Added to NRHP March 10, 2004

The Dresden Island Lock and Dam Historic District is a 23.4-acre (9.5 ha) historic district containing Dresden Island Lock and Dam, a dam on the Illinois River in Morris, Illinois. The dam was completed in 1933 and designed by engineer Walter Mickle Smith. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The listing included one contributing building and three contributing structures.[1]

The lock and dam complex includes an arched gravity dam, a spillway, nine Tainter gates, 18 headgates, and a section of fill dirt connecting the headgates to the embankment of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The lock and dam are 1,320 feet (400 m) long, and the lock has a maximum lift of 22 feet (6.7 m).[2]

The state of Illinois began constructing the dam in 1928. In 1930, the state had completed 35% of the dam but lacked the money to complete it, so the federal government built the remainder of the dam.[2]

The Dresden Island Lock and Dam is documented in a Historic American Engineering Record.[3]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Dresden Island Lock & Dam" (PDF). U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "HAER doc" (PDF).