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18 SCC members and friends on Pensacola Dam tour

18 SCC members and friends on Pensacola Dam tour. It was cold!

Historic generator blade

Historic generator blade

51 arches span approximately one mile

51 arches and 21 spillways span approximately one mile

The multi-arch design saved materials which were scarce, and therefore expensive, in the 1930's when the dam was built.

The multi-arch design saved materials which were scarce, and therefore expensive, in the 1930's when the dam was built.

 

Spring Outing Review: GRDA Pensacola Dam

Saturday, April 14th

The spring weather was cold, but spirits were high when 18 members and friends gathered at the GRDA Ecosystems and Education Center in Langley, OK, for a private tour of the GRDA Pensacola Dam.

GRDA was created in 1935 by the Fifteenth Oklahoma Legislature to run the dam and produce electricity for northeast Oklahoma. A secondary but great benefit of the construction of the Pensacola Dam was the creation of the Grand Lake O' the Cherokees, one of the most popular lakes in Oklahoma.

We learned about the history of the dam and how one man's dream (Henry C. Holderman) required the ingenuity, dedication, and perseverance of countless Oklahomans to become a reality.

As part of the tour we got to descend in the original 1930's elevator to the power house and get an up-close and personal look at the hydroelectric turbine generators that harness flowing waters, when needed, to produce approximately 120 megawatts of electricity for GRDA. Since the waters of Grand Lake were below capacity on the day we visited, the generators were quiet, and we could easily hear our tour guide.

For those of you who missed the outing, free tours of the dam are given daily, 9am-4pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.