Historic American Engineering Record: Stewart Mountain Dam

Author(s): FRASERdesign

Year: 1992


Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. AZ-12 presents a written historical summary and relevant historical documentation about the construction and use of Stewart Mountain Dam, a key component of the Salt River Project that provides water and power to the Phoenix Basin. The structure is also an important example of a radius arch dam designed using the trial load method.

Stewart Mountain Dam is one of a series of dams that along with the earlier Roosevelt, Horse Mesa and Mormon Flat Dams that are upstream from it, impounds water on the Salt River for use in generating power and for supporting irrigation and domestic use within the Salt River Valley. The dam is thus an important component of the Salt River Valley Water Users' Association's electric power generating system that provides service for much of central Arizona. Stewart Mountain Dam was constructed between 1928 and 1930 as part of the Salt River Valley Water Users' Association's initiative to expand power generation.

This HAER report focuses on the historical significance of Stewart Mountain Dam and on its technological nature and features. It discusses 1) the development of the Salt River Project; 2) increasing demand for electricity in central Arizona; 3) financing for the dam; 4) the design and construction of the Stewart Mountain Dam; 5) post construction alterations; and 6) the role the Salt River Project played in central Arizona economic growth. The report contains a narrative description, drawings, maps, and historic photographs of Stewart Mountain Dam.

Cite this Record

Historic American Engineering Record: Stewart Mountain Dam. FRASERdesign. 1992 ( tDAR id: 405880) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8T72K9M

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1928 to 1930 (Construction of the dam and powerhouse.)

Calendar Date: 1988 to 1989 (Construction of the west spillway.)

Calendar Date: 1936 to 1936 (Construction of the concrete spillway lining.)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -111.556; min lat: 33.544 ; max long: -111.522; max lat: 33.583 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office

Contributor(s): Donald C. Jackson

Landowner(s): U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Submitted To(s): U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Record Identifiers

Contract No.(s): 8-CS-30-05990


Redaction Note: Sensitive information has been removed from the publicly accessible digital copy of this report. The following figures and/or sections (and page numbers) have been redacted: Figure 3 (pg 26), Figure 5 (pg 32), Figure 5 (pg 33), Figure 6 (pg 37), and unlabeled figures on pages 61 through 86. Please contact the archaeologist at the USDI Bureau of Reclamation, Phoenix Area Office to obtain a complete digital copy of the report.

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