The Beginnings of a Sluice Dam, for the Russian Empire (By Lee Cole)

Image: Cementing the Foundation of a Sluice Dam

In 1896, the beginnings of a sluice dam were laid out for the construction of the massive dam.  This dam was designed the help with the navigation of Volga river, which in turn helped with the bolstering of trade and transportation.  Trade along this river helped the improvement of the Russian economy, and with the increased means of transportation the trade increased greatly.

A sluice gate is designed to redirect water towards a water mill for the use of creating hydroeletric power.  This picture shows how with the creation of this type of dam, the Russian began had begun to become more modernized, keeping up with the advances in modern technology.  This sluice dam was able to generate a vast amount of power, and also gave the workers a type of employment.  Along with the advances in technology, this picture captures a snap shot of the expanding Russian Empire.  The men working on the photographed dam helped with the creation of the large Russian Empire.

The picture depicts workers and foremen alike pausing to take a picture before laying the cement foundation of the dam.  The picture was taken while Emperor Nicholas the Second was visiting the area where he ordered the construction of the dam.  As mentioned earlier, after this picture was taken, the cement was poured for the foundation of the sluice dam on the Volga River.  This seemingly meaningless snap shot showed us a bit of the beginnings of the Russian Empire.


Library of Congress, “Emperor Nicholas II Dam and Sluice, Sheksna, Russian Empire,”

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