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I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Parker Dam

While on a day trip, a couple of weeks ago, Teddy & I visited the Parker Dam.The Parker Dam is what creates Lake Havasu.

The road across the dam is quite narrow and commercial trucks, RVs etc. are prohibited from crossing it. They have barriers set up on the approach and our PU barely fit between them. I don't think a dually could make it without scraping. We didn't know this before but the Parker Dam is the world's deepest dam, with most of its 320 feet height extending 235 feet below the riverbed.

Here you can see four of the five spillways that control the lake level.

Looking upstream at the beginning of Lake Havasu.

Downstream the Colorado River continues on carrying water to the big aquducts that feed Southern California to the West and Phoenix to the East.

Adjacent to the Dam is the Power station which houses four turbine driven generators producing 30,000 KiloVolt Amps each.

This big yellow crane travels on tracks to control these lift gates that feed the turbines.

Notice how the crane dwarfs our truck parked next to it.

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