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When we were about half-way to Payson, we turned off the 4-lane Rte. 87 and began our swing south on highway 188. This paved and smooth road will take you to the Theodore Roosevelt Lake, formed by a dam on the Salt River. The T. Roosevelt dam was completed in 1911 with huge stone blocks forming a 270 ft. high arch to control the flow of the Salt River so it could be used for agriculture and recreation. It is still the largest masonry dam in the world. In 1986, further work was completed to raise its height to 350 feet and reinforce the dam with concrete as a result of studies that showed that it could be vulnerable to a worst-case flood situation. Initially, the dam itself served as the bridge over the Salt River but this job has now been taken over by the 1990-built bridge shown in the photo. This 1,080 foot span cost $21 million and was named as one of the top 12 bridges in the US in 1995. The original road on the dam was designed to allow two Model-T Ford cars to pass each other but this new bridge allows significantly more clearance room! The water level in the reservoir was severely down due to a prolonged drought when we visited.
Directions: At the junction of Salt River and Tonto Creek, near the town of Roosevelt.
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