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Belle Fourche Dam
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Dams, Water Supply & ControlEra: 1910-1919DateCreated: 1911confluence of the Redwater and Belle Fourche RiversBelle FourcheState: SDZip: 57754Country: USAWebsite: Orman & Crook

Belle Fourche, meaning "Beautiful Forks" in French, refers to the confluence of the Redwater and Belle Fourche Rivers. The gold rush to the Black Hills in 1876 brought many people to the area, but agriculture and livestock soon became the principal industries. Farmers and civic leaders recognized the need for a reliable source of irrigation water in this semi-arid region and petitioned the Federal government for funds to build an irrigation and flood control system.

Image Credit: Public Domain (United States Bureau of Reclamation)Image Caption: An aerial view of the Belle Fourche DamEra_date_from: 1911
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