Kathy just loves it when we go on hikes and I fill her head with a bunch of useless information! Went to Loch Raven Saturday since it was so nice out – looking for eagles.
Before the eagles, we saw this guy trying to hide from us.
I guess we saw about 4-5 different eagles. This one was trying to hide too.
Kathy has known that I always wanted to go to the other side of the dams (in all my years hiking, I’ve never been there), so she grabs up Molly and starts heading across the rocks.
Looking for more eagles.
Top of the east side of the old dam. Across the way are the gate house valves.
Next we headed towards the newer dam, which actually underneath is a 100 year old dam.
Look! An Eagle! Damn – too slow on the shutter!
Here is the same dam in the 1970s – it was falling apart really bad. Looking close you can see a circular cap on the lower face.
When they refinished the face of the dam, the round hole became square. It was locked.
Besides the face lift the dam gets, they also built a Zebra Mussel station – tall white building in background. They never used it and now more construction is going on behind it – an admin building of some sort.
How Loch Raven dam looked in 1922. Notice on the lower portion across the water. The land is at the same elevation as this side, but…
Now it is elevated by the placement of this pipe. This pipe is covered in dirt. I’m still not sure why they installed this pipe into the face of the dam??? I have the drawings and project photos, but nothing to say why?
So all this is to say that the original dam, under this one was built in 1914. It was at an elevation of 188′. The newer dam was placed on top of it in 1922 – elevation 240′. Then in the 70s and again in 2005 it received various face lifts and this is why it will never get a historic designation..