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Grand Coulee Dam 

When Grand Coulee Dam was being built during the depths of the Great Depression, everything about it--generators, powerhouses, pumps--was the biggest in the world. Grand Coulee was more ... See full summary »

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Colleen F. Cawston ... Herself - Colville Tribal Member
Blaine Harden ... Himself - Writer
Steven Hawley ... Himself - Writer
Mary Henning ... Herself - Grand Coulee Resident
D.C. Jackson ... Himself - Historian
Ed Kern ... Himself - Dam Worker
William Lang ... Himself - Historian
Margaret O'Mara ... Herself - Historian
Paul C. Pitzer ... Himself - Historian
Lawney Reyes ... Himself - Writer
Stewart Whipple ... Himself - Dam Worker
Richard White ... Himself - Historian
Wilfred Woods ... Himself
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When Grand Coulee Dam was being built during the depths of the Great Depression, everything about it--generators, powerhouses, pumps--was the biggest in the world. Grand Coulee was more than a dam; it was a proclamation: America could still do great things. The mile-long behemoth was the largest hydroelectric power-producing facility in the world when it was completed in March 1941--just in time to power the nation's defense plants and the atomic reactors for the Manhattan Project. Written by Anonymous

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3 April 2012 (USA)  »

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It's always amazing how "American Experience" can take a seemingly dull topic and make it interesting.
19 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is yet another dam episode from "American Experience"...the same folks who did that excellent film on the Hoover Dam. In this installment, it's about the Grand Coulee Dam in the state of Washington and its effect on life in the Pacific Northwest. It follows the project from its inception to federal funding to completion to learning the great benefits and great losses caused by the dam project. While this all sounds like it would be rather boring, like nearly all of the episodes in the series it manages to make it about as exciting as it can and makes for a memorable show. Well worth seeing and an important lesson about how taming nature will definitely come with some unforeseen consequences.


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