Bonneville Dam construction photograph album
Scope and Contents note
This collection contains 114 black and white photographic prints taken during the original construction of the Bonneville Dam and the Spillway from 1933-1937. A construction worker on the dam project made this album. He worked on the Fishway Bridge as well as the Spillway. He also spent three weeks working at Mona Bell Hill's house.
Album of construction of Bonneville Dam, 1934-1936. Images by R.W. Oliver and Bichel; most unsigned. Shows housing, equipment, excavation, construction, spillways. Some workers named.
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The Bonneville Dam is named after a camp of a fur trader and AWOL solider, Captain Benjamin L. Eulalie Bonneville.
The workers on the dam were often from the relief roles or veterans.
The Bonneville Dam is located at mile 146.1. It is 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The primary purposes of the dam are electrical generation and river navigation. The Bonneville Dam was constructed from 1933-1937 by the Army Corps of Engineers as part of the New Deal. The Spillway is located on the North, or Washington side, of the Columbia Rive and Bradford Island.
The dimensions are: First Powerhouse - constructed 1933-1937; 313 m (1,027 ft) long; 10 generators with an output capacity of 526,700 kw. Located on the Lower end of Bradford Island. Spillway constructed 1933-1937; 18 gates over a length of 442 m (1450 ft); maintains the reservoir (upriver) usually 18 m (60 ft) above the river on the downstream side.
0.2 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of one album of the construction of Bonneville Dam, 1934-1936. Images by R.W. Oliver and Bichel; most unsigned. Shows housing, equipment, excavation, construction, spillways. Some workers are named.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Purchased from Tom Robinson in 2004.
General Physical Description note
1 album (114 photographs)
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Bonneville Dam (Or. and Wash.) -- Photographs Subject Source: Local sources
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- Spillways -- Washington (State) -- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Water and Water Rights Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Guide to the Bonneville Dam construction photograph album
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- Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer
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- Finding aid written in English.