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The Theodore Roosevelt Dam towers 357 feet above the Salt River’s bottom.
Roosevelt Dam, later renamed Theodore Roosevelt Dam, is shown under construction in 1906.
Four bladders can be lowered or raised quickly by adjusting air pressure. This is the current system in place at Tempe Town Lake.
Santa Fe Dam, built in the late 1800s, provides drinking water and a recreational spot in Williams. Without an emergency-action plan required by Arizona law, the state considers it safety-deficient. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Lauren Gambino)
Bladder number three is in place, Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the Tempe Town Lake dam with the fourth and final bladder to be shipped and installed in late October.
A huge crane is removing the remaining sections of the rubber dam that once held back Tempe Town Lake. Aug. 9, 2010.
A section of the inflatable dam that burst at Tempe Town Lake.
A section of the faulty inflatable dam at Tempe Town Lake. Crews have to remove thousands of bolts that hold the pieces in place and then cut the rubber dam into pieces.
A section of the inflatable dam that burst at Tempe Town Lake. Crews have to remove thousands of bolts that hold the pieces in place and then cut the rubber dam into pieces.
The price tag to rehabilitate the McMicken Dam is high, but the potential for damage if nothing is done is higher, county officials have concluded.
To participants, Saturday’s "That Dam Swim at Tempe Town Lake" represented an opportunity to test their speed and endurance by swimming the entire length of the man-made reservoir.