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UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION. Navigation along the MISSISSIPPI RIVER had proven difficult for years. Efforts at creating and maintaining a 4.5 foot deep channel proved inadequate. Businesses from Minneapolis to the mouth of the Missouri River organized into the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association and petitioned Congress in 1904 to develop a six-foot channel. (1)

In 1907 a large delegation of Dubuque business and political leaders including Charles Thomas HANCOCK, Christian Anton VOELKER, Richard Lewis MURPHY, Arbst F. FRUDDEN attended the annual convention in Moline. At that time it was announced that the Association was a member of the National Congress of Harbors and Rivers. (2)



1. To Congress from the Upper Mississippi River Improvement Association, 1904, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Online: http://murphylibrary.uwlax.edu/digital/missriver/MissRiverImprovAssn/0002000B.htm

2. "Upper River Ass'n Meets at Moline," Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, October 20, 1907, p. 4