Mississippi Hydraulic Model

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A 200-acre functional model of the entire Mississippi River drainage area, located on a field surrounded by forests, and now abandoned. Constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers to model the flow characteristics of the river, as part of the design process for their numerous flood control structures. Built over a 20 year period starting in the 1940's, initially using forced labor from a German POW camp established next to the site, and used last in the early 1980's, this is the largest hydraulics model ever made in the USA, and among the largest in the world. Two other models of this type were made in the USA, the Chesapeake Bay Model (8 acres), and the San Francisco Bay Model (1.5 acres).

Visitor Info: 
Go south at the Spring Ridge Road exit of the interstate. Left at McRaven, then the first left into Butts Park. The site is located next to a soccer field and a model aircraft flying area. Fenced with a low fence.
General Location: 
W of Jackson
Linked URLs: 
http://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=25658
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R&D
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Location: 
MS
United States
32° 18' 21.5424" N, 90° 18' 57.2508" W
Zoom Level: 
16
Old Data
Old Archive ID: 
MS3132
Old Category: 
R&D
Source: 
imported