Viewing Henry Titus Welles: "The Meeker Dam." (1899)
After Justice Bradley B. Meeker's term on the Territorial Court ended in 1853, he did not resume the practice of law. Instead he invested in real estate. Among his holdings was a large tract of land below St. Anthony Falls on the Minneapolis-St. Paul border. When Meeker's corporation attempted to get congressional assistance to build a dam across the Mississippi River--and acquire rights to 200,000 acres besides--Henry Titus Welles, a prominent Minneapolis lumberman, intervened to stop it. "The Meeker Dam" appeared first as a chapter in Welles's autobiography published in 1899.