Fifty years of McPhee

Fifty years of McPhee

Irrigation dreams began with Dolores Water Conservancy’s ’61 formation
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Rocks are loaded up to be taken to the dam.
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A great kiva, named Singing Shelter, was discovered by the Dolores archaeological program.
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Construction on the Dolores Project officially started in 1980.
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Underground workers labor on the Dolores Project.
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Mud covers the face of a worker who was inside digging out the tunnel that brings water from McPhee south toward Cortez.
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A crane lifts materials to the top of the outlet tower during construction. Only the top of the tower is visible above the water today.
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Circles of light fill the tunnel after the concrete was poured and it was ready for water to flow.
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Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.
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Today McPhee Reservoir provides irrigation, domestic water, recreation and a place for Canada geese to flock.
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