Independence Mill Dam

River/Stream: Wapsipinicon River

Location: Independence, Buchanan County
        Latitude: 42.469244
        Longitude: -91.894690
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Built: 1854

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View of the boil below the dam.

Owner: City of Independence

Height: 12 ft.

Length: 270 ft.


Warning Signs: standard signs are up; cable upstream of the dam supported by floating barrels


Comments: obvious impoundment

Fatalitites: A near tragedy occurred on July 29, 1969, when a boat was swept over the dam and its operator narrowly escaped drowning.

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Upstream view of dam horizon line.

Photos by Lyle Danielson