Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of Water in the West

Sampul Depan
University of Oklahoma Press, 2005 - 336 halaman

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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A Technical and Historical Review
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Rise and Fall of the San Joaquin Electric Company
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Big Creek Henry Huntington and the Origins of the Multiple Arch
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Success at Hume Lake and Big Bear Valley 19081911
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John R Freeman and the Psychology
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The Business of a Dam Design Specialist 19131918
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Theory and Practice in Dam Design
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Evolution of a Structural Artist 19181924
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The Multiple Arch Dam After Eastwood
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Sources
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Glossary
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List of Illustrations of Dams
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Donald C. Jackson, Cornelia F. Hugel Professor of History at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, is the author of Great American Bridges and Dams.

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