Ailsa’s travel theme for this week is “flow”.
Here the St. Joseph River flows over an old dam in South Bend, Indiana. The river is one of the few in the world that flows from south to north, and the city of South Bend is named for a southern bend in that flow. A dam was first constructed here in 1843 and was rebuilt in 1855 after being washed away in a flood. The dam generated hydroelectric power for many years. The most recent hydroelectric plant at that location was demolished in 1973 to make way for construction of the South Bend Century Center, a convention center and riverfront park.
Today, alongside the old dam is a modern abstract sculpture, Mark di Suvero’s “The Keepers of the Fire,” which pays homage to the Pottawatomie Indian tribe.
For more information on this week’s travel theme, see http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/06/14/travel-theme-flow/