Projects completed during this period were:
Deadwood Dam - Utah's early years of dam building activities culminated
in the mile-high Deadwood Dam built only by combining and using the stern
lessons already learned with new methods and machinery. Had it not been
for experience gained in construction organization and methods developed
at Deadwood, the building of future giants Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand
Coulee--might have been delayed many years.
The first bulldozer, diesel trucks, and gasoline-powered shovels solved
the access and construction problems of the job -- where railroads could
not be built, and where everything had to be hauled 67 narrow, mountainous
miles from Cascade over three summits 6,800 feet to 7,400 feet high. The
site was accessible only six months of the year, and to get an early start
in the spring the concrete-mixing plant and two-inch cableways, enormous
for the times, were hauled to the dam site by sleigh through snow 16 to 35
feet deep in the mountain heights.
Concrete pouring from an overhead cable started early in the spring of 1930,
foundation stripping having been done the previous year, and finished in the
falling snow of November. Snow was nine feet deep in the passes and when
the only tractor broke down, the last group of men coming out had to walk
the 67 miles to Cascade.
Deadwood Dam was the second joint dam-building venture of Morrison-
Knudsen Co., Inc. and Utah. This concrete gravity-arch storage dam is
located in central Idaho on the Deadwood River and is an irrigation and
power unit of the Boise Project. The approximate cost of this project was
Railroad Grading in Utah for Bingham and Garfield Railway in the amount
Hoover Dam Railway in Nevada for the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation in the
amount of $520,000.
Keddie-Bieber Railway cutoff in California for Western Pacific Railroad
Company in the amount of $5,000,000.
Eight cutoff tunnels on the Keddie-Bieber line in California for the Western
Pacific Railroad Company. The cost of this was included in the project above.
Salina-Emery Highway in Utah for the U. S. Bureau of Public Roads in the
amount of $44,000.
Nephi Highway in Utah for the Utah Road Commission in the amount of $66, 000.
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