Jimmini asked me to post to his thread after we spent the weekend with Jim and Min. He has no internet connection and may not for a while. As you are accustomed to reading on here, Jim always gives a little bit of the history of the area and this is my attempt to carry on his undying appreciation of Arizona.
Roosevelt Lake and Dam are one of the first federal projects authorized under the Reclamation Act of 1902 enacted by Theodore Roosevelt. He realized that harnessing water was the key to supporting Western growth and development. Thus the U.S. Reclamation Service was born which was later changed to the Bureau of Reclamation.
Between 1902 and 1940 the Phoenix area population increased by 60,000 people primarily because water and power had become readily available. The major feature of the Salt River Project was, and remains the Theodore Roosevelt Dam. Built between 1903 and 1911, the cyclopean-masonry gravity arch dam was the highest masonry arch dam in the world at the time and was among the last of the stone masonry dams built.
On March 18, 1911, former President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the dam named in his honor. In 1963
, it was designated a National Historic Landmark, and in 1970 the American Society of Civil Engineers designated the dam a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.
In 1996 modification and restoration of the dam was completed which raised the crest elevation of the dam by 77 feet and increased the flood storage space by 1,714,409 acre feet. At that time a the current suspension arc bridge was built to route traffic from crossing the top of the dam.