Iowa city to celebrate Keokuk Dam and Power Plant

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of people are expected in southeast Iowa this weekend to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Keokuk Dam and Power Plant.

The Burlington Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/10ZbyHg ) organizers of the Mississippi Power 100 celebration in Keokuk are highlighting trolley rides across the dam that start Friday and conclude Sunday. A parade featuring Miss Iowa Nicole Kelly will be held Thursday.

The River City Mall in Keokuk will host a museum with photos taken during the construction of the dam and power plant, which was once considered one of the biggest hydroelectric power plants and dams in the world. They are now a part of Lock and Dam 19.

Organizers say the event will coincide with the annual Hamilton Homecoming Days celebration just across the river in Illinois.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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