Roosevelt Dam and Bridge

Roosevelt Dam

This is the third part of my three part post on Lake Roosevelt in Arizona, which is apparently pretty unpopular in the middle of August when the temperatures are well over 100 F (38 C).

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

The dam was constructed in the early 1900s as part of the Newlands Reclamation Act, designed both for hydroelectric power and irrigation. It predates the O’Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy. These dams obviously have a huge impact on the land.

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Trucks look like matchbox cars at the bottom

Roosevelt Dam

Drought

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam was renovated in 1989, increasing the capacity of the lake by 20%.

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Despite the fact that the Roosevelt Lake Bridge is the “longest two-lane, single-span, steel-arch bridge in North America,” we were the only ones admiring it (or driving on it).

Roosevelt Dam

You can read more about the history of the Dam and bridge here: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/projects/rooseveltdam/rdhistory.html.

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