Construction of Cascade Dam, 1947

The site -

construction site

The Big Fill -

Big Fill Big Fill 2

The equipment -


fueling up

dinkey engine

servicing shovel

"The Bureau of Reclamation built the dam (on the Payette River) as part of the Black Canyon Irrigation Project. Construction began in 1942, was interrupted by the World War II, resumed in 1946 and was completed two years later. The highway and railroad were relocated but three village sites were inundated." - Cort Conley in "Idaho for the curious/a guide," Backeddy Books, Cambridge, Idaho. 1982.

(Photos courtesy of the daughters of William McConnel, who worked on the site in 1947. He used to joke that there were two lines every morning, people going to work and people who had quit.)

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