Pensacola Dam – Grand Lake OK


“Construction on the Pensacola Dam that formed Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma began when President Roosevelt approved $41 million in WPA funds for the project in September, 1937. The marker at the sight of the dam had no indication of any workers being supplied with WPA funds, but an Oklahoma Educational Television Authority documentary made reference to the WPA workers at that site. On the marker, the Federal Works Agency (FWA) and Public Works Administration (PWA) are recognized. At the time of completion, WPA was officially under the umbrella of FWA. PWA had been terminated.”

–Leaning on a Legacy


Source notes

Marjorie Barton, _Leaning on a Legacy: The WPA in Oklahoma_, Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2008. Pg. 21.

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Location Info

Pensacola Dam
Grand Lake, OK

Coordinates: 36.4725, -95.0324

One comment on “Pensacola Dam – Grand Lake OK

  1. I remember, as a lad, standing on the bluff and watching construction of the Dam. I recall it being a PWA project but do not remember the Contractor. The working Engineer was W.R. Hollaway and Sons. It was under the auspices of the U.S. Corps of Engineers with their site headquarters in Pensacola, OK. Thence the name Pensacola Dam

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