Work Begins at Once on Dam in Deschutes

A. M. Drake arrived In Bend last evening, accompanied by John T. Whistler and M. J. Danielson. Mr. Drake comes to set in motion the building of the dam in the Deschutes, construction of which was announced in The Bulletin several weeks ago. Mr. Whistler is an experienced hydraulic engineer, having been in the employ of the U. S. government for some time, and will have supervision of the engineering features. Mr. Danielson is an experienced dam builder and will hold the position of superintendent of construction. Work on the dam will be begin at once, and when finished an electric power plant will be installed, to furnish power for the pumping plant and to light the town.

As we go to press, Messrs, Drake, Whistler and Danielson are making an examination of the river, with the view of choosing the location of the dam. One site considered is directly in front of the Club Houses and another in the wide bend of the river just above the Linster planing mill. The final location will be somewhere between these two points.

It is impossible to give the details of construction, length, height, and general size of the dam, until the location is finally chosen. A full description will be given in our next issue. This will be the first dam on the Deschutes built for power purposes.

Source: Bend Bulletin