The Impact of Grand Coulee Dam
Clip: Season 24 Episode 6 | 1m 13s
Eight years after beginning construction, the Grand Coulee Dam was dedicated in front of a crowd of 8,000 on March 22, 1941. The dam's success created an insatiable demand for electricity, and the dam, along with others that were erected on the Columbia in the years following, served as the fuel for the growth of the metropolitan areas of the American West.
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The biggest challenge in building Grand Coulee Dam was diverting the flow of the Columbia.
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