Bureau of Reclamation Celebrates Shasta Dam's 75th Year

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An engineering marvel responsible for water distribution to over 38 million Californians.

Shasta Dam’s 75th Anniversary

As a symbol of hope, hard work and the nation's largest state-built water and power development and distribution system, Shasta Dam has forever changed the way Californians receive their water source. With a controversial beginning and an integral part to California’s identity, the state’s second largest Dam went under construction in 1938.

Come celebrate a piece of California history. Saturday, September 14th will mark the first day of celebratory activities surrounding the 75th anniversary of the Shasta Dam. There will be a variety of activities held throughout the week ending the following Saturday, September 21st. Events that will take place include an 8K run across Shasta Dam, a Shasta Dam worker’s reunion, a Show and Shine car show and an aerial shot of the Shasta Dam with 300 community members lining the bridge.

Best Dam solution to the Great Depression and California’s water issues.

The project began in earnest as a relief to the Great Depression and the impending threat of flooding. Shasta Dam was the solution to both, by providing a reservoir and the storage capacity to alleviate flooding while providing water to the southern half of California. The construction of the dam created thousands of much needed jobs at the time for struggling gold miners and those seeking relief after the depression.

As Shasta Dam marks its 75th anniversary, we can't help but reflect back on the people who came here with a strong work ethic, pride in what they did, and hope in their heart. It was the end of the Great Depression, and many came in search of work, and stayed to build a community. The dam is not only a historical backdrop to California’s state waterways but also an engineering marvel in its own right.

Interesting Facts about Shasta Dam:
Shasta Dam is a Federal facility not state and was built by the federal government.
Shasta Dam is the second largest dam in the United States. Grand Coulee Dam in the state of Washington is the largest.
The dam was built at the end of the Great Depression and through WWII.
The largest state-built water and power development and distribution system
9th tallest Dam in the world standing at 602 ft. and forms the largest reservoir in California providing flood control and long term water storage for the entire state.

Please contact Sherry Harral for more information or media inquiries. Sherry is the Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Redding, CA. Contact information: 530-275-4463.

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