From 1817, the Baden engineer Johann Gottfried Tulla directed the straightening of the Rhine between the Swiss border near Basel and the border with Hesse over a length of 266 kilometers, with the goal of making the Upper Rhine navigable, preventing flooding to a great extent and thus also suppressing diseases such as malaria ,In 1807 he founded the Karlsruhe School of Engineering, from which, 18 years later, through the merger with Friedrich Weinbrenner's School of Architecture and other institutes, the Polytechnic, now the University of Karlsruhe, was founded.The straightening of the Rhine was a task that stretched over several generations. The work Tullas were continued mainly by Max Honsell.ka.stadtwiki.net/Johann_Gottfried_Tulla
March 11, 2019
The Johann Gottfried Tulla monument erected in 1853 by Margrave Maximilian von Baden on his estate on the Rhine (today Hofgut Maxau) is the very first memorial stone for the Baden engineer and “Rhine straightener”. Tulla, who had been chief engineer in the newly organized Baden water and road construction administration since 1803, had made a decisive commitment from 1809 to the creation of a regulated river bed that would absorb the entire amount of water from the river, which was divided into countless arms, in order to provide permanent protection for the Rhine communities, which are often plagued by flooding . The fierce resistance from professional circles, the state authorities and the inhabitants of the Rhine Valley delayed the implementation of the project, which had been started on the Baden-Palatinate border in the area from Neuchâtel to Dettenheim, until 1817. In 1876 the correction of the Rhine was almost complete.
January 18, 2021
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