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Photo courtesy of The Wenatchee World. Left to Right: Senator Clarence Dill, Sanpoil Chief Jim James, Unknown, and Governor Clarence D Martin Photo courtesy of The Wenatchee World. Left to Right: Senator Clarence Dill, Sanpoil Chief Jim James, Unknown, and Governor Clarence D Martin July 16 Marks 81 Years Since Breaking Ground at Grand Coulee Dam

Photo courtesy of The Wenatchee World. Left to right: Senator Clarence Dill, Sanpoil Chief Jim James, unknown, and Governor Clarence D. Martin.

On July 16, 1933 about 5,000 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction at Grand Coulee Dam.

At 1:30 p.m. the first survey stake, held by Sanpoil Chief Jim James, was driven into the construction site by Governor Clarence D. Martin. Senator C.C. Dill turned the first shovel of dirt, signaling the beginning of construction at Grand Coulee Dam and the Columbia Basin Project.

This massive project changed the face of the Pacific Northwest and eventually became vital to the war effort. Grand Coulee Dam was the largest structure in the world when it was completed in 1941.

During the course of construction, for the duration of the Great Depression, about 72,000 men found work for an average wage of 86 cents per hour. There were three 7-hour shifts per day, the other three hours of the day were used for inspections and equipment repair. More information about Grand Coulee history >>

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