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Near Apache Junction in Maricopa County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The People Who Made It Happen

The Building of a Dam

 
 
The People Who Made It Happen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
1. The People Who Made It Happen Marker
Inscription. The construction of Roosevelt Dam involved several thousand people over the course of the project. Hiring was straightforward; a foreman would simply size up a man and decide if he could do the work. Jobs requiring diverse skills were plentiful. Stone and timber cutters, canal builders, and horse and mule tenders were but a few of the employment opportunities. For their efforts, common laborers earned $2.50 per day while powdermen, blacksmiths and masons made $4 to $ 5. Under harsh and hazardous conditions, workers blasted rock from sheer walls. They also swung picks, shoveled and hauled tons of rock.

The original town of Roosevelt (now under Roosevelt Lake) housed hundreds of people. By 1907, Roosevelt had a baseball team, bowling alley, ice-cream parlor, theatre and a school. Workers gathered in labor camps, living in tents, tent houses or small adobe buildings, sometimes with their wives and children.
 
Erected by Tonto National Forest.
 
Location. 33° 40.138′ N, 111° 9.828′ W. Marker is near Apache Junction, Arizona, in Maricopa County. Marker can be reached from The Apache Trail (Arizona Route 88 at milepost 241). Click for map. Marker is at an overlook, about 300 feet down a sidewalk from
The People Who Made It Happen Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
2. The People Who Made It Happen Marker
the parking lot at milepost 241. Marker is in this post office area: Apache Junction AZ 85119, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Roosevelt Dam (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Roosevelt Dam (here, next to this marker); Alchesay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Apache Trail Historic Road (about 500 feet away); The Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tonto Basin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Salt River Before the Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); Al Sieber (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Apache Junction.
 
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Roosevelt Dam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. Roosevelt Dam
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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