Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday Doorway - Damn Dam
In anticipation of the formation of the United States Highway System in 1926, the Highway Department commissioned the construction of a steel truss bridge just downstream from the dam." (See our post Bridges and Politicians) All this information comes courtesy of Wikipedia.
"The winter months of 1993 saw unusually high rainfall amounts that resulted in record flows through central Arizona rivers and streams, including the Salt River, a major tributary to the Gila upstream from the Gillespie Dam. At approximately 10:30 on the morning of January 9, the dam failed when a segment approximately 120 feet (37 m) in length collapsed into the river. While the precise cause of the failure is unknown, the extreme flooding was almost certainly a contributing factor."
Now I'm not one to spread rumors, but here I go anyway.
Rumor has it that some local ranchers/farmers may have had a hand in "helping" the bridge to "fail". Thus creating a doorway where none should rightfully be.