Building The Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood And The Control Of Water In The West

Building The Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood And The Control Of Water In The West

by Donald C. Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806137339

ISBN-13: 9780806137339

Pub. Date: 07/27/2005

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Most water control projects in the American West depend on huge gravity dams, whose stability lies in massive quantities of concrete and earth or rock fill. In the early twentieth century, John S. Eastwood designed novel dams that minimized the concrete necessary for construction.

Eastwood’s multiple-arch designs proved less expensive than comparable

Overview

Most water control projects in the American West depend on huge gravity dams, whose stability lies in massive quantities of concrete and earth or rock fill. In the early twentieth century, John S. Eastwood designed novel dams that minimized the concrete necessary for construction.

Eastwood’s multiple-arch designs proved less expensive than comparable gravity dams. Yet he faced the opposition of a powerful cadre of engineers, financiers, and politicians who believed the distinctive appearance of multiple-arch dams did not inspire public confidence. Donald C. Jackson offers compelling insight into the world of America’s dam-building elite and describes how proponents of “bigger is better” dams won out over Eastwood’s competing idea that “bulk does not mean strength.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806137339
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
07/27/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Oklahoma Editionvii
Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Dams, Water, and the West1
2Dams: A Technical and Historical Review13
3Early Years in Fresno: Rise and Fall of the San Joaquin Electric Company41
4Big Creek, Henry Huntington, and the Origins of the Multiple Arch Dam (1900-1907)59
5Success at Hume Lake and Big Bear Valley (1908-1911)85
6Confrontation at Big Meadows: John R. Freeman and the "Psychology" of Dam Design (1911-1913)109
7In Search of Patronage: The Business of a Dam Design Specialist (1913-1918)135
8Theory and Practice in Dam Design169
9Evolution of a Structural Artist (1918-1924)193
10The Multiple Arch Dam After Eastwood
Sources255
Notes259
Glossary317
List of Illustrations of Dams323
Index325

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