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Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood And the Control of Water in the West
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Oklahoma Pr
Publication date September 30, 2005
Pages 336
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780806137339
ISBN-10 0806137339
Dimensions 0.75 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $24.95
Other format details university press
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Offers compelling insight into how designer Eastwood battled government bureaucrats, corporate patrons, and fellow hydraulic engineers to build seventeen dams in the western U.S. during the early twentieth century based on his innovative multiple-arch design. Reprint.
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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.”



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from Univ Pr of Kansas (October 1, 1995)
9780700607167 | details & prices | 336 pages | 7.50 × 10.50 × 1.25 in. | 2.10 lbs | List price $45.00
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Reprint edition from Univ of Oklahoma Pr (September 30, 2005)
9780806137339 | details & prices | 336 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $24.95
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