In the years after the civil war people moved out west to farm. Most of these farmers would strive on rain-fall and most were self-sufficient homesteaders. If the farmers were not thriving they would at least survive because they were able to use natural resources which are free. Around the 1880’s the weather and rain-fall wasn’t as promising which brought a lot of concern and desperation. Due to these dry period’s farmers fell and only the strong survived. With dry periods came dam building’s in the 1920’s.
The dam buildings of the 1920’s brought life and h ope for farmers as dry periods brought the average farmers to a complete halt. This movement was about a half of a century of dam building which is an enormous amount of time. Through a lot of negotiations the Colorado River was the source to which boulder dam was created. The dam was 726 feet high, took 5 years to build, was a quarter mile wide, and contained 66 million tons of concrete. If there was another great dry period and the Colorado River became dry, the dam was capable of supplying 2 years of water. In the later years which there was struggle due to prior appropriation there was a struggle to whom would be able to use the water and how much it would cost those who were interested in using the water. This brought a scope on the fact that farmers would either have to bid on their water and or pay a price for the water this in turn favors the urban and industrial users over the agricultural users.
This topic in the readings were of great interest to me as I have never seen a dam and gave me a bit more knowledge on dam’s and what the struggles and benefits were in the past where water was a huge struggle. It was interesting to me also because water today for me is very abundant and I could not imagine what it would be like if water was scarce and especially if my livelihood,success, and my family all relied on it to be successful and survive.