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             Roosevelt Dam - The Real Story of the Workers
                      that constructed the original dam

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Roosevelt Dam Historical Construction Photo Galleries:
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Phoenix Metro Area Historical Photo Gallery
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Text - Theodore Roosevelt Dam

         "Historians have come to realize, somewhat belatedly, that one of  the
unique characteristics of the American West is the multitude of diverse
ethnic groups who immigrated from around the globe and converged in a
relatively short span of time to create a new society that we are
still trying to come to terms with."

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In 1986, Dames and Moore under contract to the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation undertook a study of historic central construction camps.
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Part of the research design for
this study was to examine the
average workers of these camps.
This "Historical Archaeology
From the Bottom Up" approach
investigated many aspects of early
20th Century western social history.
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Thirty-five archaeological sites were examined during the study including work and home locales of the Roosevelt Construction Community.
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Studying the past, even our own recent past, helps us to understand how we got to where we are today.

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Last Reviewed:
August 7, 2009

Joseph J. Billerbeck - jbillerbeck@usbr.gov