Seattle City Light completes Gorge High Dam on January 6, 1961.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 7/05/2000
  • HistoryLink.org Essay 2531

On January 6, 1961, Seattle City Light completes Gorge High Dam on the upper Skagit River, in southeast Whatcom County. The dam is 300 feet high. The combination gravity-arch concrete structure diverts water to a tunnel, which connects to a powerhouse two miles downstream.

The project ultimately cost approximately $29 million, twice the original estimate.


Sources:

Paul C. Pitzer, Building the Skagit: A Century of Upper Skagit Valley History, 1870-1970 (Portland: The Galley Press, 1988), 54.


Related Topics:   Government & Politics | Rivers | Seattle City Light

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