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Grand Coulee Dam (Images of America)

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Publisher Comments:

Washington's Grand Coulee is an ice-age channel that carried the Columbia River when ice dammed its main course. Grand Coulee was long recognized as an ideal place to store Columbia River water to irrigate the arid but fertile Columbia Basin. A dam was proposed as early as 1903, but opposition by Spokane private power interests and the cost of the dam delayed design and construction until the administration of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt, a public power advocate, used the Grand Coulee Dam project to help put the unemployed to work. The result was the world's largest man-made structure, and also the world's largest power plant, costing more than $163 million and the lives of at least 72 workers. The dam powered production of aluminum, atomic weapons, shipbuilding, and much more, contributing mightily to America's victory in World War II. Postwar developments provided irrigation for 700,000 acres of farmland.

Book News Annotation:

For this volume, Bottenberg, an engineer and historian, collects photographs of the Grand Coulee Dam in central Washington, drawing from the National Archives, Washington State Archives, and private collections, including his own and that of a dam worker. The photographs chronicle the dam's construction beginning in 1933 under Roosevelt's New Deal program, through the addition of a third powerhouse in 1980, as well as construction towns and employees. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Author Ray Bottenberg is a registered professional engineer and a student of Pacific Northwest history. In this volume, he tells the story of Washington's Grand Coulee Dam through photographs gathered from such sources as the National Archives, the Washington State Archives, dam worker Ray Hobson, and several private collections, including his own.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738556123
Author:
Bottenberg, Ray
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Pacific Northwest
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
DAM
Subject:
Wa
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Arcadia Publishing
Series:
Images of America
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.21x6.54x.34 in. .71 lbs.

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