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The two RV Gypsies at Shasta Dam
May 7, 2009
The second largest concrete dam in the United States and the tallest center overflow dam in the world.
history clipart bookShasta Dam is located about 9 miles northwest of Redding, California, on the Sacramento River. Built during the 7-year period between 1928-1945, the dam is a concrete gravity dam 602 feet high and provides flood control, power generation, and water supply benefits. Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake are key facilities in the Central Valley Project (CVP), the largest and most elaborate water management and delivery system in the world. The water stored in the reservoir represents 41 percent of the available water storage in the entire CVP.
View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
ABOVE & BELOW: Views of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-looks
Karen Duquette and a View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
Lee Duquette and View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
Karen Duquette and a View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
Karen Duquette and a View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
Karen Duquette and a View of Shasta Dam, Mt. Shasta & area from over-look
Views of Shasta Dam from the visitor center. If every family in America had a swimming pool, the water held back by the dam would be enough to fill every one of them. Amazing!
View of Shasta Dam from the visitor center
Lee Duquette and a View of Shasta Dam from the visitor center
View of Shasta Dam from the visitor center
View of Shasta Dam from the visitor center
Views looking down from the bridge over the dam at Shasta Dam.
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
Views looking down and out from the bridge at Shasta Dam
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
View looking down from the bridge
THE TWO RV GYPSIES ON THE BRIDGE of Shasta Dam
Lee Duquette on the bridge
Lee Duquette on the bridge
Karen Duquette Lee Duquette on the bridge
More details About Shasta Dam
Shasta Dam elevator sign
sign - built by and for the people of the United States
FYI - for your information
Height of structure:
602 feet
Mass Concrete: 6,541,00 cubic yards
(6.5 million cubic yards of concrete is enough to make an average sized sidewalk long enough to go around the world at the equator.)
Length of crest:
3,460 feet
Thickness at base inc. spillway apron:
883 feet
Thickness at crest:
30 feet
Width of crest roadway and sidewalks:
39.5 feet
Weight of dam:
15 million tons
Construction of Shasta Dam began August 21, 1938 by Pacific Constructors Incorporated. It ranks as one of the world's greatest civil engineering projects. During WWII, power generation became a critical need for the war effort and as a result of the dedication and hard work of thousands of workers, Shasta Power Plant was put in service in 1944, and the dam was completed in 1945 - 22 months ahead of schedule. WOW!
Menu for the two RV Gypsies in California - April 2009

California photos are in 28 separate sections found below. Some sections may have more than one page so that the photos will upload faster. You may visit these sections in any order you choose. Each section will have this menu so that visitors do not have to keep returning here in order to continue the California adventures. There is also a link to Oregon at the very bottom of the California menu.

travel scenery
Mountain Lakes RV Park
Venice Beach
Big Bear Mountain
Palm Springs Tram
Karen's family photos

Kaweah Park Resort & a bobcat

Three Rivers & Lake Kaweah

driving scenery

Sequoia National Park

Kings Canyon
- big sequoia trees

Yosemite Nat'l Park

El Capitan

Bridalveil & Yosemite Falls

Indian Flat RV Park

The Golden Gate Bridge

Fisherman's Wharf /
Seals / Alcatraz

Armstrong Woods
State Preserve -
Giant Redwood Trees

Sonoma County driving tour / beaches

San Francisco
and cable car ride

The Living Roof
and Gardens

Chinatown

N. Petaluma KOA
& driving scenery

Bear Mtn RV Resort

Shasta Lake

Mt. Shasta

Shasta Dam

 

Sundial Bridge

 
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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have enjoyed all of the above, please continue on to Oregon.