Solar Eclipse 2012 – Maple Grove, MN

Maximum Solar Eclipse Point 2012 in Maple Grove MN by_Adam J Bavier
Point of maximum solar eclipse at 8:19PM in Maple Grove, MN

 

A solar eclipse occurred on May 20th, 2012. These photographs were taken from Maple Grove, MN so the eclipse was only a partial solar eclipse and not the annular (ring of sun) that some fortunate individuals got to witness in other places.

The below gallery has a few photographs of the cool U-shaped shadows that the partial eclipse creates.

I’m very happy that I witnessed this cool event.

Eagan MN, Water Towers and Reservoirs

Eagan, MN has two water towers and four water reservoirs that help deliver water to the residents of Eagan. As I found with my article on the water towers in Maple Grove MN, not much is written about them online.   The specifications below were taken from the document Water Supply and Distribution Plan for the City of Eagan (PDF Document).  The photos were all taken by me, Adam Bavier.

Specifications of the Towerview Road \ Unisys Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1967
  • Storage, 0.5 MG
  • Total Capacity, 0.5 MG
  • Located, 1420 Towerview Road, Eagan, MN

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Maple Grove’s Water Towers

Maple Grove, MN has two water towers. Interestingly enough not much is written about them online.  The below information is what I’ve been finding as I look into the water towers.

Specifications of the Northern Maple Grove Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1982
  • Built by, Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
  • Capacity, 2000 M Gal.
  • Color, cream.
  • Maple Grove and red oak leaves are painted around the top.
  • Located at 9511 Ranchview Ln. N, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Located at approximately +45° 7′ 37.26″, -93° 28′ 40.41″ Elevation 945ft.

Specifications of the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower:

  • Built in, 1973
  • Built by, Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company
  • Capacity, 1,500 M Gal.
  • Color, cream.
  • Maple Grove and red oak leaves are painted around the top.
  • Located at 6865 Sycamore Ln. N, Maple Grove, MN
  • Located at approximately +45° 4′ 40.78″, -93° 26′ 37.91″.

Images of the Northern Maple Grove Water Tower:

Images of the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower:

This is a work in progress document. Any more concrete information, or useful updates? Use the contact form, or add a comment below.

Last Updated:
9/30/2011 Added two new pictures of the Northern tower.
4/11/2011 Date, capacity and pictures added for the Southern Maple Grove Water Tower. Few more pictures for the Northern Water Tower.
1/8/2012 Added Maple Grove Days fireworks and flash photography pictures of the Northern Tower.

Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve by Adam Bavier

This wooden bridge crosses Elm Creek. The bridge is located in the Elm Creek Park Reserve and is part of the very extensive bike and hiking path system in the park. Cross-country ski trails cross over the bridge in the winter. I estimate that the bridge was built in early 2004 or late 2003. I have pictures from June 2004 of this bridge and a map of the park, and the bridge is not on the map at that time.

This bridge replaces the need to bike along Territorial Road, which is a very welcome relief and the trail system feels much more complete now. A few more benches and more garbage cans along the entire trail system would finish everything off well. Territorial Road has recently been shortened due to the Country Road 81 modifications. Now part of the bike trail over 81, that connects into Elm Creek Park Reserve, runs along the old Territorial Road location.

Location (I marked the location with a red star.):
Location of the Wooden Bridge at Elm Creek Park Reserve