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Cheesman Dam
Society
Main Category
Sub Category
Era
Date Created
Location Country
us
Coordinates
39.20778, -105.27194
Address1
27633-27701 State Highway 211
Address2
Pike National Forest
City
Sedalia
State
Country
Zip

The Cheesman Dam was the first major dam in the U.S. to incorporate the gravity arch, and upon completion it was the highest gravity arch stone masonry dam in the world. It is the key structure in Denver's water supply.

Three years into original construction, flooding swept away the partially completed rock-filled structure. A solid masonry replacement dam was completed in just five years - a major feat for such a remote and complex project. When it was finished, the dam rose higher than the tallest building in Denver. 

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Public Domain
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Cheesman Dam
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