Denison Dam, also known as Lake Texoma Dam, is a hydroelectric dam located on the Red River between Texas and Oklahoma in the United States. The Historic Civil Engineering Landmark designated by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The dam was built in the 1930s as part of the Red River navigation system and was the first major federal project of its kind to be built in the United States. The operation was completed in 1944 and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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- The dam is a concrete gravity structure measuring 3,500 feet in length, with a maximum height of 185 feet.
- It contains 18.8 million cubic yards of rolled-earth fill and produces 250,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year.
- Lake Texoma, created by the dam, provides 125,000 acre-feet of water storage for local communities under five permanent contracts.
- The dam's hydroelectric power plant has a generating capacity of 99 megawatts and is used to generate electricity for the surrounding area. The dam also helps to control flooding in the Red River Valley and provides water for irrigation and is used to generate electricity for the surrounding area.
- The dam also helps to control flooding in the Red River Valley and provides water for irrigation and recreational opportunities, including fishing and boating, in the lake formed by the dam, Lake Texoma.
- The dam also provides 47 recreational areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, two state parks, and 80,000 acres of open public land for hunting.
- The Denison Barrel, a six-inch diameter sampling device, was developed at the Denison Dam soil laboratory to obtain undisturbed samples in heavy clay.
- Major General Lucius D. Clay, the chief engineer in charge of the project, had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army, as the Director of Material for the Army during World War II, and later as Chairman and CEO of Continental Can Company and Senior Partner with Lehman Brothers. In 1976, he was honored with the first President's Award presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers.