When completed in 1888 to a height of 90 feet, Sweetwater Dam was once the tallest masonry arch dam in the United States, and it led to many others of the same basic design. The original construction began in November 1886 under the direction of Frank E. Brown (civil engineer for Bear Valley Dam) with the rubble-masonry thin-arch design being 50 feet in height. Subsequently, the owner of the water system called upon civil engineer James D. Schuyler to continue and complete the project. Although the field of hydrology was very new and not fully understood at the time, Mr.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: DamsEra: 1880-1889DateCreated: 1888Sweetwater RiverChula VistaState: CACountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Sweetwater-Dam/Creator: Brown, Frank , Schuyler, James
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Phil Konstantin (CC BY 2.0)Era_date_from: 1888