Arkabutla Reservoir Project – Coldwater MS

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The Arkabutla Dam and reservoir project was the second of three projects for flood control management of the Yazoo-Tallahatchie-Coldwater river systems in Mississippi. The Army Corps of Engineers directed the $10,000,000 project. In order to construct the dam and reservoir, the town of Coldwater had to be relocated a mile further south. Approximately 700 residents were relocated at a cost of $250,000. The earthen dam is 11, 500 feet long, average of 67 feet high, and 482 feet wide at the base. Contracts were let to H. N. Rodgers & Son, Forcum-James, and Pioneer Contracting. Patton-Tully Transportation was awarded a contract for clearing a portion of the reservoir.

Source notes

Former floodlands flourish as engineers tame Old Man River. (Jan 10, 1939). Clarion-Ledger, p. 2.

Contracts let on Arkabutla Dam. (Jun 27, 1940). Greenwood Commonwealth, p. 7.

Coldwater ends prosperous year. (Jan 5, 1941). Clarion-Ledger, p. 5.

This Day. (Jul 17, 1942). Greenwood Commonwealth, p. 1.

Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Historic Resources Inventory. Retrieved Nov 24, 2019 from: https://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/rpt.aspx?rpt=publicPropSearch&Name=&StreetNo=&StreetName=&City=Arkabutla&County=Any

U S Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. Historic Photographs. Retrieved Nov 24, 2019 from:
https://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Arkabutla-Lake/CollectionId/18709/

Project originally submitted by Susan Allen on November 26, 2019.

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Location Info


Hwy 301
Coldwater, Mississippi 38618

Coordinates: 34.757989, -90.125550

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