Cordell in Washita County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)
Home of America's First Upstream Flood Control Dam
Cloud Creek #1
Washita River Basin
Dedicated July 8, 1948
Rededicated July 3, 1998
Cloud Creek Dam No. 1 located 11 miles southeast of Cordell was the first of 1140 dams in the Washita river basin and the first of over 10.000 nationwide. It was built in partnership with the local community, the Washita County Conservation District and USDA Soil Conservation Service. These dams provide flood control, water supply, recreation, wildlife habitat and improved water quality to many communities.
"The entire Washita flood control program is in itself a monument to the understanding and the energy of the people in Oklahoma who were among the first to take up the soil conservation program and who are leading the way in upstream watershed treatment for flood control."
Hugh Hammond Bennett, Chief USDA Soil Conservation Service July 8, 1948
Erected 1998 by Oklahoma Historical Society. (Marker Number 231.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels Oklahoma Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 8, 1948.
Location. 35° 17.469′ N, 98° 59.367′ W. Marker is in Cordell, Oklahoma, in Washita County. Marker is on East Main Street west of South Market Street, in the median. The official name of this city is New Cordell, though it is now commonly called Cordell. Located on the southeast corner of the Washita County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 East Main Street, Cordell OK 73632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coming of the White Man (a few steps from this marker); Coming of the Indians (a few steps from this marker); Washita County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Flame of Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); Cordell Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Cordell, Okla. (approx. ¼ mile away); Red Bluff Community Church and School (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.