Toledo Bend Dam Construction Photos

Spillway with gates open 1 foot - March, 2001
Spillway with gates open 1 foot - March, 2001

Land acquisition for Toledo Bend Reservoir began in May, 1963. Construction of the dam, spillway, and power plant was initiated in April, 1964. The closure of the earthen embankment and impoundment of water was begun in October, 1966. The power plant was completed and began operating in early 1969. There are no dates for the photos, but since construction began in April, 1964 and water impoundment began in October, 1966 - we know these photos fall within that time frame. The photos are arranged chronologically for the power plant and for the spillway - from left to right. These photos were captured by digital camera from the originals at the Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana Engineering Office.

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Toledo Bend Dam - Excavation for construction of generating plant - Looking in a Northerly direction Toledo Bend Dam - Excavation for construction of generating plant - Looking in a Northerly direction Toledo Bend Dam - Beginning construction of generating plant
Power Plant - Generator
Toledo Bend Dam - Beginning construction of generating plant Toledo Bend Dam - Beginning construction of generating plant Toledo Bend Dam - Beginning construction of generating plant
Power Plant - Generator
Toledo Bend Dam - Beginning construction of generating plant Toledo Bend Dam - Left-of-Center - Foreground: SRA - La Office and observation tower - Top-Left - in the distance - Generating plant location - Exact center - Spillway location - Between Exact Center and Top-Left - Dam location - Lake location to Right side - above center of photo Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Notherly direction Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Notherly direction
Power Plant - Generator Dam Site Spillway
Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Notherly direction Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Southerly direction - from lake side down tailrace Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Notherly direction Toledo Bend Dam Spillway - looking in a Notherly direction
Spillway