The Coolidge Dam

As we headed towards the Coolidge Dam, on the San Carlos Apache reservation. It was eerily derilect and it was badly vandalized with graffiti. Empty beer cans and little empty whiskey bottles all around. This saddened me, that a great piece of American history was treated so poorly!The dam was built around 1924 and dedicated to our 30th president Calvin Coolidge and built from 1924-1928. It is a massive multiple “buttress ” dam and in my personal opinion a very articulate, and powerfully appealing structure. The Apache tribe believe Geronimo had some bloody battles their, leaving many dead bodies underneath the reservoir, believing it was a desecration. Therefore, a concrete slab was poured over the main burial ground for $11,000. Here is what it looks like now in 2018.


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