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Near Truth or Consequences in Sierra County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Elephant Butte Dam

 
 
Elephant Butte Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
1. Elephant Butte Dam Marker
Inscription. Pueblo Indians irrigated and farmed the Rio Grande Valley for several hundred years before the Spaniards arrived and continued the tradition. Built between 1910-1916, Elephant Butte Dam when completed was the world's largest irrigation reservoir. It was the first large-scale effort to harness and control the Rio Grande, and its construction was critical to the historic debate over interstate and international aspects of water use.
 
Erected by New Mexico Historic Preservation Division.
 
Location. 33° 9.158′ N, 107° 11.432′ W. Marker is near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, in Sierra County. Marker is at the intersection of State Road 177 and State Road 51, on the left when traveling east on State Road 177. Touch for map. Marker is at a pullout overlooking the south end of the dam. Marker is in this post office area: Truth or Consequences NM 87901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Truth or Consequences (approx. 3.4 miles away); Elephant Butte Lake State Park (approx. 3.7 miles away); Magnolia Ellis, “Magnificent Magnolia” (approx. 3.8 miles away);
Rear of Elephant Butte Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
2. Rear of Elephant Butte Dam Marker
a different marker also named Truth or Consequences (approx. 6 miles away); Caballo Mountains (approx. 15 miles away).
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Elephant Butte Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
3. Elephant Butte Dam Marker
Elephant Butte Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
4. Elephant Butte Dam Marker
Elephant Butte Dam and Powerplant image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
5. Elephant Butte Dam and Powerplant
1912 to 1916 -- 1938 to 1940
Capacity 2,109,000 acre feet - Height of dam 301 feet
Surface area 36,521 acres
United States
Department of the Interior
Bureau of Reclamation
Rio Grande Project - New Mexico - Texas
Elephant Butte Dam image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 21, 2011
6. Elephant Butte Dam
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 457 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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