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GALLERY: Wainwright Dam offers photographers a glimpse of the past

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
The Wainwright Dam was established in 1922.

By Chris Marchand

Members of the Dryden Camera Club rolled out of bed a little earlier than usual this past Saturday, driving through a misty, wet morning towards a unique opportunity on the outskirts of town.

The Wainwright Dam, just downstream of the Wabigoon River Bridge on Hwy. 17, opened its doors to the local shutterbugs revealing a wealth of compelling images within the powerhouse and its grounds.

Established in 1922, the dam at Wainwright Falls was one of four hydroelectric power projects built to provide the Dryden Mill site with electricity, including Eagle River Dam, MacKenzie Dam and another that previously existed just below the CPR tracks in Dryden.

Changing very little over nearly a century, The Wainwright Dam features many of its original components and kept photographers engaged with haunting, never before seen sights.

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