On June 18-19, 2002, the Bureau of Reclamation and Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, hosted a symposium on the history of Reclamation. The symposium was held in conjunction with the Bureau's centennial anniversary birthday party at Hoover Dam. Reclamation's history is a rich tapestry filled with the politics, colorful personalities, and the unique character of the West. It is marked by engineering accomplishments and economic growth woven into the tapestry of western water development and delivery. These essays prepared for Reclamation's history symposium in 2002 add new dimensions to the story of Reclamation.
For this unique ebook reproduction, the enormous set comprising this work has been divided into two parts.
Contents of Part 1: 1. Senior Historian's Introduction * 2. Concrete Dam Evolution: The Bureau of Reclamation's Contributions to 2002 * 3. 100 Years of Embankment Dam Design and Construction in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation * 4. Historical Development of Durable Concrete for the Bureau of Reclamation * 5. History of Drainage in the Bureau of Reclamation: A History of Subsurface Drainage in the Bureau of Reclamation * 6. Evolution of the Hoover Dam Inflow Design Flood: A Study in Changing Methodologies * 7. A Struggle of Needs: A History of Bureau of Reclamation Fish Passage Projects on the Truckee River, Nevada * 8. Explaining Hoover, Grand Coulee, and Shasta Dams: Institutional Stability and Professional Identity in the USBR * 9. From Pathfinder to Glen Canyon: The Structural Analysis of Arched, Gravity Dams * 10. Origins of Boulder/Hoover Dam: Siting, Design, and Hydroelectric Power * 11. The First Five: A Brief Overview of the First Reclamation Projects Authorized by the Secretary of the Interior on March 14, 1903 * 12. Creating an Irrigator's Reclamation Service: I. D. "Bud" O'Donnell, Civic Capitalism, and the U.S. Reclamation Service in the Yellowstone Valley, 1900-1930 * 13. "Did The Secretary Sell Us 'Blue Sky?'": Inclusion of Warren Act Contractors in the North Platte River Project * 14. The Path Not Taken: The Development Company of America's Hudson Reservoir Project, Arizona Territory, 1898-1902 * 15. Irrigation and Early Hydropower Development in the Salt River Valley * 16. Water, Culture, and Boosterism: Albin and Elizabeth DeMary and the Minidoka Reclamation Project, 1905-1920 * 17. "LAW OR NO LAW!"—Elwood Mead and The Struggle Over Power Plant Revenues, Shoshone Project, 1926-1953 * 18. From Self Sufficiency to Colony: The Bureau of Reclamation and Wasatch County, Utah * 19. Private Power at Boulder Dam: Utilities, Government Power, and Political Realism