History of Dams

By definition, a dam is a barrier designed to effectively impound a body of water. By doing so, dams create reservoirs that aid in flood control, as well as provide the water necessary for aquaculture, navigability, industrial use, human consumption, and irrigation. However, the dam in America is about so much more than that. American society wouldn’t be possible without it.

That said, the study of the history of dams is a fascinating and rewarding one that grants the individual a unique look at American history as a whole. The right regional interest dam book can provide you with an excellent place to start your studies.

American Dams: History from a Unique Perspective

America is filled with famous dams that are not only essential to the functioning of the communities they serve, but iconic architectural works as well. Local interest literature on our country’s great dams can help cultivate an appreciation of engineering and design at its finest.

On the other hand, the study of famous dam disasters can help us understand the consequences of engineering or structure maintenance gone wrong. Learn all about incidents like the St. Francis Dam disaster or Idaho’s Teton Dam disaster. Explore the effects these incidents and the dams themselves had on local culture.

Explore the History of Dams with Arcadia

Arcadia Publishing is America’s largest and most comprehensive publisher of regional and local interest titles on a variety of topics, including but not limited to dams and related structures.

Study up on legendary dams that made American history. Get to know some of the most famous dam-related happenings of all times. Explore the ways dam technology influenced American culture and industry. With Arcadia in your corner, the sky’s the limit! Get started today.

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