Using a guide
Tom Durham of Hermann, Mo., uses a yardstick as a guide to paint a straight line in the mural that will be attached to the Heritage Center in Estes Park when it's completed Saturday or Sunday.
Jay Allen of Rockford, Ill., paints the housing of a turbine while he listens to music. Allen is part of the Walldogs group that is painting a 10-by-36-foot mural for Estes Park.
Gary Craig of St. Louis plays a European street organ that was built by Axel Stuber in Berlin, Germany, in 1999. Thirty-one musical notes are played on 69 pipes. A punched roll makes the music.
Skimmer gates are part of the debris trap complex inside the Keokuk power plant.
State Sen. Rich Taylor, right, of Mount Pleasant and others go through the serving line during a luncheon for dignitaries at the United Presbyterian Church in Keokuk Friday.
Roost makes music
The Rev. Joe Roost plays his calliope in Victory Park Friday afternoon.
Ready for powerhouse tours
Friday morning was a perfect time to tour the Keokuk power plant. In addition to moderate temperatures and sun, a breeze kept the air moving. Many area residents elected to view the plant before the big weekend rush.
President Teddy Roosevelt
Duane Taylor of Warsaw, Ill., is playing the role of President Teddy Roosevelt this weekend. On Feb. 9, 1905, Roosevelt signed a bill granting the franchise to dam the Mississippi River at Keokuk and Hamilton, Ill.
Painting the "K"
McKinley Estes of Mayfield, Ky., a member of the Walldogs mural painting group, paints the "K" in Keokuk at the River City Mall in Keokuk. Once completed, the 10-by-36-foot mural will be put up in Estes Park in Keokuk either Saturday or Sunday.
Charlie McCrady of Paducah, Ky., paints the outline of the "K" and "E" in this mural that the Walldogs group is working on at the River City Mall in Keokuk. The project is being directed by Nancy Bennett of Centerville.
Norbert Witt of Palmyra, Mo., checks out an exhibit at the MRP Museum in the River City Mall in Keokuk.
Miss Iowa Nikki Kelly, a Keokuk native, waves to the crowd during parade Thursday afternoon from Fourth to 14th streets in Keokuk. Chuck Pietscher of Keokuk is driving the car. The Mississippi River Power 100 Celebration formally begins Friday and continues through Sunday.
Former Hamilton, Ill., Mayor Stephen Woodruff, middle, talks to Iowa state Rep. Jerry Kearns, left, of Keokuk and Illinois state Rep. Jill Tracy of Quincy, Ill., before a luncheon for dignitaries Friday.
Warren Witt of Jefferson City, Mo., looks at a photo of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., dam and powerhouse as it appeared in 1912. The structures were completed in 1913. Witt manages three hydroelectric plants, including the one in Keokuk, for Ameren UE.
Governors original to the 1913 vintage power plant were used to control water flow through the turbines at the Keokuk power plant. Several old governors sit in front of the generators in the massive generator room at the Keokuk power plant. The water flow is electronically controlled today.
Fifteen gigantic generators sit atop 15 equally large turbines at the Keokuk power plant. Mississippi River water moving through the turbines generates electricity for the power grid. The generators emit a loud hum as they work, and heat the air around them an additional 30 to 40 degrees. Two heavy cranes made of iron beams and on tracks were built overhead to pull the generators and turbines so they could be worked on.
Former Hamilton mayor
Former Hamilton, Ill., Mayor Stephen Woodruff talks to the crowd during the opening of the dam and powerhouse celebration in Victory Park in Keokuk Friday. Illinois state Rep. Jill Tracy of Quincy, Ill., is at left. Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion is at right.
One of the ways the Keokuk power plant removes debris from the Mississippi River water before it enters the turbines is with a trap that runs the width of the plant at the interior upstream side. A wooden slab called a barge is pushed down the long, narrow canal to accumulate the logs and other foreign materials in the water.
Chatting before lunch
From left, Keokuk Mayor Tom Marion, MRP Committee member Kathy Asbury, state Sen. Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant and Lee County Supervisor Gary Folluo chat before a luncheon for dignitaries Friday at the United Presbyterian Church in Keokuk. Chuck Naslund of Ameren UE is in the white shirt facing the others.
Jim Lester's band organ uses rolls that provide his calliope's music. He has about two dozen rolls; each has several songs on it. The songs include such tunes as "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd 've Baked a Cake."
Shirley Leeson, left, shows off a 1912-style dress she made for the dam and powerhouse celebration. At right is Mary Lynn Arms of Hamilton, Ill.
85-year-old band organ
Jim Lester of Ames stands by his 85-year-old band organ. Lester found the instrument about 10 or 12 years ago "in a state of disrepair" and redid it. The organs were built from the early 1900s to the 1930s and were used mostly in merrygorounds.
"Ol' Man River"
Brad Culpepper sings "Ol' Man River" during the opening ceremony of the dam and powerhouse celebration on Friday.
"God Bless America"
Mary Lynn Arms of Hamilton, Ill., sings "God Bless America" at the end of the opening ceremony in Victory Park for the dam and powerhouse celebration Friday.
Patty Langenwalter holds a drill bit invented by Howard Hughes Sr. who was raised in this house built by his father, Felix Hughes, an attorney, in 1880. Howard Hughes Sr. eventually moved to Texas, patented his diamond bit oil drill, formed the Hughes Tool Co. and made a fortune. His son, Howard Hughes Jr., went to Hollywood and was involved in aviation, too. Langenwalter and her husband Virgil have done extensive remodeling to the dwelling at 312 N. Fifth St., Keokuk.
Shannon Masterson talks to Earl and Jan David of Washington, Ill., about her house at 318 N. Fourth St., Keokuk, that was built in the early 1850s by Elsa Maxwell's grandfather, Dr. Rufus Wyman, a leader in medical circles. Maxwell, Hollywood's top party-giver in the mid-20th century, was born in this house on May 24, 1883, to David and Laura Maxwell. Elsa Maxwell also invented the scavenger hunt, a party game that swept to popularity in the 1930s. Masterson and her husband have owned the house for about a year.
From left, Jolene Kempker and Janet Wardlow stand outside a house at 510 N. Fourth St., Keokuk, that was built by prominent Keokuk citizen John Cleghorn in 1857. It is the largest Federal style house in Keokuk. Cleghorn was a pioneer pork packer and co-owner of the Cleghorn and Harrison Company grocers. The property originally was part of the Half Breed Reservation. Henry and Karen Hustus have lived in the house for eight years and have dubbed it Oak Crest Manor. It is being slowly renovated to reflect some of its former elegance and charm.
Chief Engineer Hugh Cooper lived in this house at 319 Franklin St., Keokuk, during the construction of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., dam and powerhouse. Cooper was able to oversee the construction from his backyard and could walk down to the site. By the late 1920s, the house had been turned into apartments. Cooper (left), played by Mike O'Connor, talks to a couple of men during Saturday's "Keokuk Corner Histories" presented by the Lee County Historical Society.
Dam, powerhouse conversation
Chief Engineer Hugh Cooper (left), played by Mike O'Connor, discusses the construction of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., dam and powerhouse Saturday outside the house Cooper lived in at 319 Franklin St., Keokuk.
Chief Engineer Hugh Cooper (left), played by Mike O'Connor, explains how the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., dam was built during 1910-13 as photographer Herman Anschutz and his wife Grace listen. Ernie Paulson played Anschutz. Joy Kirkpatrick played Grace.
Herman Anschutz was usually on the other end of the camera when he took photos of the construction of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., dam and powerhouse. Here, Anschutz, played by Ernie Paulson, and his wife, Grace, played by Joy Kirkpatrick, pose outside the Cleghorn house at 510 N. Fourth St.
The Rev. Joe Roost (hidden behind calliope) led the Calliope and More Parade Thursday in Keokuk with music played on his nostalgic instrument. The parade was a prelude to the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., Powerhouse and Dam, which officially kicked off Friday.
Woodruff and Vorhies
Stephen Woodruff (left) of Hamilton, Ill., and Bill Vorhies of Keokuk wave to crowds along the parade route Thursday in Keokuk. Woodruff owns several Hamilton businesses and, until recently, served as the town mayor. Vorhies is a former power plant manager and was in charge of plant operations during the Flood of 1993.
Thursday’s parade preceding the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., Powerhouse and Dam concluded with a collection of antique tractors.
DGC fife and drums
34th Army Band from Fairfield, IA
Visitors to this weekend’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Keokuk-Hamilton, Ill., Powerhouse and Dam exit trolley cars after a ride over the dam to the powerhouse and back to the Illinois shore. For those riding in the open car (foreground), the first of several rain showers Saturday made the trip a soggy one.