Monday, March 28, 2016
Theodore Roosevelt Dam
At the time it was constructed, Theodore Roosevelt Dam, in central Arizona, was the first major project under the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902. It is the highest masonry dam in the world. Construction on the dam started in 1906 and was completed in 1911. Travel to the dam site was over what is now known as the "Apache Trail," a rugged dirt road over the Superstition Mountains and still an adventure to drive. In my years in Arizona, I drove the road many times and I am still amazed at the persistence of the dam builders who hauled endless wagon loads over the steep grades, particularly that portion of the road known as Fish Creek Hill.