National Security Risk?
April 28, 2007 6:53pm CST
I used to visit the Downtown Area of Minneapolis Minnesota USA a lot years ago. Today was a beautiful day so seeing as I drobve my wife to work I stopped downtown to visit a few areas and take pictures of the new ares and what not. My first stop was the Saint Anthony Lock & Dams. This is where they raise or lower the water as a boat/ship/barge sits in this area so they can get to the higher or lower end of the Mississippi River. So as I got out of my car I saw a sign that stated it's no longer open to the public viewing due to the 9/11 attacks. This I can understand as there's a huge reliance on this area for the ships carrying grain and general items for the USA's public use. TVs cars, food, oil, coal, etc. Almost everything goes through the lock & dam daily here. I coulod see a terrorist group bombing an area as important as this. I was just dissapointed as I loved seeing the boats/ships/barges enter then seeing the water either rise or fall so they can get to the other end of the Mississippi River. There's a 9 foot difference from the lower end to the higher end. Thanks for reading this. Anyone else go to see something not expecting it to be closed due to 9/11 or didn't know it was run by the US government? I never thought about the Government running it till I realized it is after all property of the US Army Corp Of Engineers. LOL. Have a great day/evening everyone.. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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29 Apr 07
The govenment indeed has very good reasons of restricting such areas and it is indeed a pity to be closed it from the public. There are lots of areas that are risks too like oil depos, dams & some buildings. But we could not always live this way and be in fear even in our own country or backyards. I look to the day when all of this will be behind all of us and that we could all live and enjoy God's creation as it is meant to be.
• United States
30 Apr 07
Yes there are many areas closed to the public here now. Even our water treatment facility is now closed to the public. It was a great area for cat fishing too. Now you can't get near the area. Thanks for the response also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
24 May 07
I have not experienced anything like this as of yet but it could happen at some point I am sure. Things have been temporarily closed but not permanently closed to the public. It is sad that some really nice places have been closed because of terrorism or nice places have so much security that we all feel uncomfortable going there. That area that you visited does sound like a risk but hopefully no terrorist action will take place there.
• United States
14 May 07
Well you are pretty far away, but if you ever go East..Welland, Ontario ( I think there are still locks there) had some really neat ones. I remember going there as a kid and being real impressed with them...watching the boats come higher and higher. It is too bad they can not figure out a way to let people in to see the locks and still keep them secure. We live in a crazy world