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Shasta Dam, California

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Shasta Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam across the Sacramento River in Northern California in the United States. At 602ft high, it is the eighth-tallest dam in the United States. Located at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, Shasta Dam creates Shasta Lake for long-term water storage, flood control, hydroelectricity and protection against the intrusion of saline water. The largest reservoir in the state, Shasta Lake can hold about.Envisioned as early as 1919 as an effort to conserve, control, store, and distribute water to the Central Valley, California's main agricultural region, Shasta was first authorized in the 1930s as a state undertaking. However, bonds did not sell due to the onset of the Great Depression and Shasta was transferred to the federal Bureau of Reclamation as a public works project. Construction started in earnest in 1937 under the supervision of Chief Engineer Frank Crowe. During its building, the dam provided thousands of much-needed jobs; it was finished twenty-six months ahead of schedule in 1945. When completed, the dam was the second-tallest in the United States after Hoover, and was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
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  • October 2, 2017
    We love visiting the Dam Visitor Center since it is close to home and there are a lot of interesting things and activities inside. Also be sure to walk across the dam and bring a picnic lunch. Haven't...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Shasta Dam provides a free tour that lasts approximately 1 hour. Last tour departs at 3 PM and we arrived at 3:30 so missed out on the tour. Did walk around the visitor center and looked at the exhibi...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    We came here on a weekend, and that is probably why all the dam tours were booked due to tour buses. Seemed like a lot of tour buses stop by here, yes, that is how popular this spot is! So we decided ...  more »

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