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"Human 75" celebrates 75th anniversary of construction on Shasta Dam

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Sep 20 2013 10:14:55 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 11:10:33 PM CDT
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SHASTA LAKE, Calif. -

Dozens of people wore bright yellow t-shirts Friday to make history on top of the Shasta Dam.  The community is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Shasta Dam construction project. 

As part of the week-long celebration, people in yellow commemorative t-shirts formed the number 75 and were photographed from above. There were about 300 people in the group.  They checked in at the Shasta Dam Visitors Center Friday at 9 a.m. so everyone would be in place.

The 75th anniversary event has brought back memories for the many Northstate families whose loved ones built the massive structure starting in 1938.

Several events have be held throughout the week of September 14-21, 2013, focusing on the historical milestone and the huge impact Shasta Dam has had not only on the State of California but also our nation.

The various events are bringing awareness to the public of the Bureau of Reclamation, the historical significance and importance of Shasta Dam and the communities that came to be because of the construction of this massive dam.

Key points:
-Shasta Dam is the second largest concrete dam in the U.S.
-Shasta is the key facility of the Central Valley Project, Reclamation’s largest water project.
-Shasta Dam has had a major impact on the agriculture and economy in California, and has changed the way people live in the region. -Without Shasta Dam’s flood control and water storage capabilities, life would be very different.
-Dam builders traveled from many regions of the country during the -Great Depression for employment, and continued construction through WWII as a matter of patriotic pride.