When it was built, Grand Coulee Dam was one of the most magnificent things ever seen. The high concrete dam spanning between two North Central Washington hillsides is impressive to view on a number of different levels. Today, the area is popular with those coming there and interested in touring the dam or the history of the project. It is also a popular location for those desiring outdoor recreation too. Regardless of the reason for going there, a visit to this awesome structure is a very worthwhile trip.
Here are five interesting facts about Grand Coulee Dam.
-The dam is 5,223 feet long, meaning 17 football fields could be placed end to end across it.
-The original construction plans for Grand Coulee Dam were for it to be a low profile dam. It was changed to a high dam as part of an effort to employ more people, produce greater amounts of electricity, and to enlarge the irrigation capabilities.
-Part of the water held in reservoir from Grand Coulee Dam is held in Banks Lake which sits on a plateau nearly 300 feet higher than the dam itself. Water is pumped up there through twelve pipes that each measure in at 14 feet across.
-With the building of Grand Coulee Dam, over 21,000 acres of dry land was flooded behind it.
-The name given to the water backed up behind the Grand Coulee Dam is Lake Roosevelt. It stretches for over 150 miles, just across the border into Canada.