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Building Beaver Lake - Photo Gallery

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The White River as seen from Panorama Point near Monte Ne, circa 1920. W.B. Grabill Collection (S-86-210-4)

Residents watch the flooding of the West Fork of the White River, near Brentwood, April 15, 1927. Bertha Cartmell Reid & George Cartmell Collection (S-89-105-241)

Members of the Beaver Dam Association, circa 1950. Front row, from left: Willis Shaw (Elm Springs), Claud Morsani (Tontitown), vice-president Joe Robinson (Springdale), president Earl Harris (Rogers), secretary-treasurer Courtney Crouch (Springdale), Mace Howell (Springdale), Paul Young (Fayetteville), unidentified. Back row, from left: Elbert Graham (Lowell), State Senator Russell Elrod (Siloam Springs), J.J. Neil (Springdale), Albert Price (Eureka Springs), unidentified, unidentified, Shelby Ford (Springdale), Carl Shores (Cave Springs), unidentified. Springdale Chamber of Commerce Collection (S-77-9-294)

One of five aerial maps produced by the Corps of Engineers illustrating the area to be cleared for the reservoir, July 1960. The future footprint of the lake is marked in white. Rogers is on the left. Joe Neal Collection (S-89-14)

U.S. Representative James W. Trimble at the groundbreaking for Beaver Dam, November 22, 1960. The men to his right are, from left: Governor Orval E. Faubus, Clarence Byrnes, and Joe Robinson, president of the Beaver Dam Association. Springdale Morning News Collection (SMN pre-65-23)

Preparing a bluff ledge for the concrete mixing plant, early 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-53)

Bluff with the trestle and mixing plant under construction, June 1961. Springdale Morning News Collection (SMN pre-65-23)

A whirley crane places a second crane, June 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-57)

The concrete mixing plant (front) and the trestle for the whirley cranes (back) under construction, August 1961. The White River flows below the concrete plant. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-62)

Part of the rock-crushing plant, December 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-100)

The concrete mixing plant, December 1961. A railroad flatcar with buckets of concrete is seen in front. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-105)

The finished trestle, January 1962. Bettye Mohney Collection (S-86-124-38:3)

Whirley cranes moving buckets of concrete to a monolith, December 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-104)

The worksite behind an earthen cofferdam, December 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-101)

Monoliths under construction, December 1961. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-98)

Monoliths on the rise, July 1962. Bettye Mohney Collection (S-86-124-38:7)

The southern monoliths under construction, July 1962. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-113)

Slip forms used to construct the narrow, arched walls of the spillway, April 1963. Below the gantry the dinkey locomotive hauls a flatcar of concrete. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-117)

The spillway under construction, June 1963. Part of the embankment is seen at right. Bettye Mohney Collection (S-86-124-38:13)

Spillway under construction, April 1963. The earthen embankment is seen at top right. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-116)

Building the turbine barrel in the powerhouse, February 1964. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-140)

One of two turbines, May 1964. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-155)

A scroll case under construction, before its connection to the penstock, Summer 1964. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-141)

The powerhouse tailrace area, February 1964. Thomas E. Petermann Collection (S-2005-89-137)

The nearly complete dam and White River, 1964. Springdale Chamber of Commerce Collection (S-85-287-6)

The completed dam and Beaver Lake, circa 1966. The switchyard is seen to the right of the spillway and powerhouse. Springdale Morning News Collection (S-84-13-1)

 

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