The Pawnee Dam was built in 1936 in an effort to push back the Pawnee River and facilitate development in this outskirt of Chicago. The dam was a success until the Illinois drought of 1981 caused the Pawnee River to dry up. Now the dam stands there, not really serving a purpose besides being a historical monument. Tours are available on select dates, so if you're into hydroelectrical engineering, you will have a ball.
The dam is of sizable proportions in its appearance. In addition to controlling flow and raise of water in the Chicago River, the dam also has a power station which generates conventional hydroelectricity. The energy generated is subsequently used to help serve the Chicago population through the electricity grid.
The dam is located in an area with a good amount of vegetation. Below it is a subsequent rock barrier, most likely there to protect the wildlife from being directly affected by the power station.
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