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Near Orla in Reeves County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Red Bluff Dam

(Three miles northeast)

 
 
Red Bluff Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
1. Red Bluff Dam Marker
Inscription. Constructed for irrigation and electrical power purposes during 1934-36, dam is located on Pecos River 8 miles south of Texas-New Mexico state line. It impounds an 11,700-acre lake occupying parts of Reeves and Loving Counties, Tex., and Eddy County, N.M. Floods first filled the reservoir in June 1937.

Capacity is 310,000 acre feet of water. Main embankment — 9,230 feet long — rises 105 feet above stream bed at highest point. Dam has top width of 25 feet.

These waters irrigate about 140,000 acres, which extend for 100 miles along the Pecos River.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4216.)
 
Location. 31° 51.483′ N, 103° 55.96′ W. Marker is near Orla, Texas, in Reeves County. Marker is on U.S. 285 2.7 miles north of Ranch to Market Road 652, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orla TX 79770, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pope's Crossing (approx. 7 miles away).
 
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Red Bluff Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
2. Red Bluff Dam Marker
Red Bluff Dam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
3. Red Bluff Dam Marker
Marker is in front of car. Brown highway sign points to this marker but, marker number 3876 is for "Orla" marker (2.7 mi south) that is missing.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the Red Bluff Dam. • Can you help?
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