The Mightiest of Them All: Memories of Grand Coulee Dam

by L. Vaughn Downs, Moses Lake, Washington, 98837,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-935-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-935-X (ISBN-10), 1993, Soft Cover, Pg. 195
22 cm, Revised edition
Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book


The Mightiest of Them All: Memories of Grand Coulee Dam presents the experiences of L. Vaughn Downs from the time he started working on the dam when it was in the design stage, through the construction period and into many years of actual dam operation and maintenance. He provides glimpses into the personalities connected with the project and explains the many techniques and pieces of equipment that were developed or improved as the dam was built. Downs also devotes considerable attention to problems they encountered and the solutions developed in the hope that others will learn from these situations. This revised edition brings the story up to the current period with an examination of the upkeep and condition of the dam after 50 years, and its prospects for the future.

Engineers, architects, and interested general readers will feel the thrill of this extraordinary dam, as the informative text and bounty of photographs illustrate various stages of construction and the dramatic rates of progress attained.

Subject Headings: Dams | Infrastructure construction | Project management | Photography | Maintenance and operation | Architects


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