Whiskeytown in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Central Valley Project
On September 28, 1963, less than two months before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy made his last official visit to California to dedicate Whiskeytown Dam. The dedication completed the Central Valley Project, a 500-mile-long water diversion system, initiating a new era of growth in California. Water from northern California is diverted to the drier Central Valley, allowing some of the world’s most productive agricultural regions to thrive.
During the ceremony, President Kennedy recognized great conservationists of the past and expressed the need to utilize our precious resources wisely for the future. He spoke of his pride in the Central Valley Project and praised the completion of Whiskeytown Dam. Excerpts of the President’s speech can be heard at the John F. Kennedy Memorial located behind you.
Other benefits from the Central Valley Project include hydroelectric power generation, flood protection, and countless recreational opportunities.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural ResourcesFormer U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series list.
Location. 40° 36.03′ N, 122° 32.13′ W. Marker is in Whiskeytown, California, in Shasta County. Marker can be reached from Kennedy Memorial Drive. Marker is located near the Whiskeytown Lake Visitors Center at the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Whiskeytown CA 96095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kennedy Memorial (here, next to this marker); A Matter of Balance (within shouting distance of this marker); The Glory Hole (within shouting distance of this marker); A Matter of Progress (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Baby's Grave (approx. 1.9 miles away); Shasta (approx. 2.3 miles away); Shasta County Court House (approx. 2.3 miles away); Gallows (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Whiskeytown.
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