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

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Many stonemasons at Roosevelt were Italian with others coming from Scotland, Germany and Switzerland. Roosevel Dam Workers - Stone Masons
Roosevel Dam Workers - Viewing Result Of Blasting..

Italians along with African Americans also worked as laborers on the dam, in the cement plants, and in the adjacent quarries.

Roosevel Dam Workers


The powerhouse was built first to provide power for the dam's construction and townspeople. The river water was passed through the powerhouse enabling the dam's foundation to be cleared to bedrock.

Roosevelt Dam Worksite


Last Reviewed:
August 7, 2009

Joseph J. Billerbeck - jbillerbeck@usbr.gov