...and after a while Carl said, "There are parts of our culture that stink with phoniness. But we can do some wonderful things too. That dam is one of them. If our generation has anything good to offer history, it's that dam. Why, the thing is going to be completely useful. It's going to be a working pyramid. I just want to help build it."
-- As recounted by Murray Morgan in the book The Dam


The Grand Coulee Dam, located on the Columbia river in central Washington, is the largest concrete structure in the United States. It forms the centerpiece of the Columbia Basin Project, a multipurpose endeavor managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. In addition to producing up to 6.5 million kilowatts of power, the dam irrigates over half a million acres of Columbia river basin farm land and provides abundant wildlife and recreation areas.

Historical Overview
Dam Photo Gallery
Columbia Basin Irrigation Project
Hydroelectric Power Generation
Bibliography
Related Links

This page is maintained by Charles Hubbard as a private effort. Mr. Hubbard is in no way associated with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation or the Columbia Basin Project.

Created: September 16, 1995
Last Modified: January 27, 1997
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