The Red Bluff Dam Project – A 1930s New Deal Construction Project.

Author(s): Mark Howe

Year: 2017


The Red Bluff Project is an earthen dam in Texas on the Pecos River near the New Mexico border. A preliminary geological report of the originally named Angeles Dam Site in Texas by Geologist Kirk Bryan in 1929 found the dam site favorable but he made no conclusion on feasibility. This discussion will talk about the work Dr. Bryan contributed to the later construction of this dam and the later name change to the Red Bluff Project. Emphasis will include the construction of the dam from 1934 to 1936 based on original photos recently found in the IBWC archives. This trove of photos shows the area as it was before the construction of the dam and the region in the 1930s. An historical approach of the archeology of the now historical dam is examined based on the sites lost with the dam construction.

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The Red Bluff Dam Project – A 1930s New Deal Construction Project.. Mark Howe. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428987)

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Dam New Deal Pecos

Geographic Keywords
North America - Plains

Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14501