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Building the Ultimate Dam

John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West

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Building the Ultimate Dam by Donald C Jackson
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Most water control projects in the American West depend on huge gravity dams, whose stability lies in massive quantities of concrete and earth or rock fill. In the early twentieth century, John S. Eastwood designed novel dams that minimized the concrete necessary for construction. Eastwood's multiple-arch designs proved less expensive than comparable gravity dams. Yet he faced the opposition of a powerful cadre of engineers, financiers, and politicians who believed the distinctive appearance of multiple-arch dams did not inspire public confidence. Donald C. Jackson offers compelling insight into the world of America's dam-building elite and describes how proponents of "bigger is better" dams won out over Eastwood's competing idea that "bulk does not mean strength."

Author Biography

Donald C. Jackson, Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, is the author of Great American Bridges and Dams.
Release date NZ
November 22nd, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
Edition
New edition
Illustrations
115 b&w illustrations, 41 line drawings, 5 maps
Imprint
University of Oklahoma Press
Pages
352
Dimensions
174x220x19
ISBN-13
9780806137339
Product ID
7642220

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