Friday, March 25, 2005
ROOSEVELT LAKE DAM--The dam was constructed in 1910, before Arizona was even a state. Teddy Roosevelt was trying to tame the Salt River and encourage agriculture. It was the largest MASONRY dam in the world. About 10 years ago 77 more feet were added to the height of the dam. The contractors were to be paid when the dam reached 82% of capacity. Then the drought came. Finally the lake reached 90% this year. The water has never been this high. If it goes...well there goes Globe, Miami, and Phoenix.