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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Karina Benessaiah
Title: Panorama of Gillespie Dam
Description: During WWI, increased demand for cotton led to federal and private investments into the dam and bridge.The area became one of the largest private irrigation systems in the country
Date: 3/2012
Location: Gillespie Dam
Keywords: Gila River, Panorama, Public Works, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Jason Roehner & Karina Benessaiah
Title: Rephotography of Gillespie dam
Description: Harnessing the Gila river's waters was supremely important to support the development of agricultural production such as cotton, alfafa. The availability of water also plays a key role in the development of solar energy in the 2010s.
Date: 3/2012
Location: Gillespie Dam
Keywords: Archival Material, Gila River, Rephotography, Water, All Images

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Contributor: Karina Benessaiah
Title: View of the dam when crossing Gillespie bridge
Description: Historically there have been numerous efforts to divert the waters of the Gila river for agricultural purposes. Ditches and other hydrological modifications made by the Hohokam were found in the area. In 1891, Wolfley, the former governor of Arizona, invested over $750,000 into the creation of a dam (a fortune at the time), which was wiped down by a flood.
Date: 3/2012
Location: Gillespie Dam
Keywords: Gila River, Panorama, Water, All Images

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