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Near Roosevelt in Gila County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Salt River Before the Dam

 
 
Salt River Before the Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
1. Salt River Before the Dam Marker
Inscription. The Salt River begins high in the White Mountains as runoff from melting snow, finding its way into streams and creeks that eventually form the White and Black rivers. The confluence of the two rivers marks the beginning of the Salt.

Early Phoenix farmers were frustrated by the erratic flow of the Salt River. Dwindling to nothing in summer, the Salt River would flood at other times of the year. It would burst rock and brush dams and wash out fields. It was believed that Roosevelt Dam would manage the river so they'd have a dependable water supply. Completed in 1911, Roosevelt Dam controls the flow of the Salt's water to irrigation districts, cities, farms, and residential irrigators through smaller canals, laterals and ditches.
 
Erected by Tonto National Forest.
 
Location. 33° 40.301′ N, 111° 9.532′ W. Marker is near Roosevelt, Arizona, in Gila County. Marker is on The Apache Trail (Arizona Route 88 at milepost 242), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at Inspiration Point Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Roosevelt AZ 85545, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tonto Basin (here, next to this marker); The Bridge
Salt River Before the Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
2. Salt River Before the Dam Marker
(here, next to this marker); Welcome to the Apache Trail Historic Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alchesay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roosevelt Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Roosevelt Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); The People Who Made It Happen (approx. 0.3 miles away); Al Sieber (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Roosevelt.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Salt River Before the Dam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
3. Salt River Before the Dam
Inspiration Point Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 3, 2010
4. Inspiration Point Overlook
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 955 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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