We decided on a bit of a walk today to explore the immediate area around Roosevelt Dam. Perfect weather, clear skies and temperature right at 60º made for great walking. Roosevelt Dam is quite an impressive structure. Once the world's tallest masonry dam, it is named after President Theodore Roosevelt, who was instrumental in approval of the Federal Reclamation Act of 1902, and who dedicated the original dam named in his honor in March 1911. Forty one people were killed between the years 1904 and 1911 during construction of this massive project.
Below is a statement from President Roosevelt given during the dedication ceremony of the opening of Roosevelt Dam
On March 18, 1911, at 5:48 p.m. Roosevelt pressed a button to allow the release of water from the reservoir.
Roosevelt Dam forms Roosevelt Lake, with a length of 22.4 miles and a shoreline of 128 miles