Depot Outlet recently contributed $2,000 to the Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission for the Dam Gate Outdoor Industrial Sculpture Exhibit at the Trout Run Park in Decorah.

Amanda Holthaus, Depot Outlet Store Director, stated "The Depot Outlet is blessed to be able to continue its mission with the help and support of this amazing community through donations and shopping in the retail store."

The project’s goal is to permanently install the last remaining dam gate of historic Lower Dam and create an interpretive marker for public education. The commission’s intent is to tell the story regarding the significance of small community-driven hydropower dams that once dotted the rural landscape of Northeast Iowa and of their important role in our country’s development. In January of 2020, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reached out to the Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission requesting the commission’s involvement in preserving the last dam gate from the Upper Iowa River Lower Dam site from being turned into scrap metal. This early hydroelectric dam provided energy to numerous communities in Northeast Iowa.

The Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission is collaborating with Decorah Parks and Recreation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Winneshiek County Historical Society in creating an outdoor industrial sculpture exhibit at Trout Run Park in Decorah.

The Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission is a county organization created to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the recognition, enhancement and perpetuation of sites and districts of historical and cultural significance. Formed in August of 1985, it is one of the earliest established historic preservation commissions in Iowa.