Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam
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Roosevelt Dam was constructed between 1903 and 1911. On September 20, 1906 the first stone was laid in place. Over the next five years, 350,000 cubic feet of block would be cut, shaped, and fashioned into the Roosevelt Dam. The blocks of stone were carved out of the canyon walls. When completed on February 6, 1911, it was the largest stone dam in the world.

Roosevelt Dam was extended 77 feet taller after it was determined that the largest possible flood that could flow into the reservoir was far greater than originally thought possible when the dam was designed and constructed in the early 1900s. The construction lasted 9 years from 1989 to 1996 at a cost of $430 million, 450,000 cubic yards of concrete and 849 miles of reinforcing steel. The dam is located in the Tonto National Forest area of eastern Arizona.

You can reach the dam by following the Apache Trail from Apache Junction, Arizona or via paved roads from Globe, Arizona.

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