*Bagnell Dam*

Bagnell Dam was begun many years ago, before the beginning of the Great Depression, in August of 1929 and was completed in April of 1931. A short history of the dam is available. Some interesting statistics related to Bagnell Dam follow:

## Principal Quantities

Earth excavation 937,000 cubic yards
Rock 72,500 cubic yards
Concrete 553,000 cubic yards
Reinforcing steel 2,000 tons
Structural steel 1,500 tons
Gates, trash racks, and guides 2,100 tons
Hydro-electric machinery 1,500 tons
Form work 2,100,000 square feet
Reservoir clearing 26,000 acres

## Stream Flow

Drainage area 14,000 square miles
Maximum recorded flow 110,000 cubic feet/second
Minimum recorded flow 324 cubic feet/second
Average flow 10,500 cubic feet/second

## Reservoir

Area 95 square miles
Length 129 miles
Shoreline 1,300 miles
Water impounded 650 billion gallons

## Dam

Length including headworks 2,543 feet
Length of spill-way section 520 feet
Length of abutment section 1,512 feet
Length of headworks 511 feet
Max height bedrock to highway 148 feet
Max width base of spill-way 132 feet
Max width base of abutment 93 feet
Cost of project 30 million dollars

## Location

136 miles to St. Louis
36 miles to Jefferson City
75 miles above confluence of Osage and Missouri rivers

20,000 men labored in the preparatory and construction work, which continued day-in and day-out, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The construction of Bagnell Dam took less than 2 years.