Post Card

Diversion Dam

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Courtesy of G. Bowlin

Year: 1913

Manufacturer: Unknown

Type: Irrigation Canal

Typical use: Agriculture

This post card shows the new head gates of a irrigation canal near Reno, Nevada, USA, in October 1913.

DERBY DIVERSION DAM

On the Truckee River 19 miles east of Sparks, Nevada
National Register individual listing 4/26/1978
Incorporated in the Newlands Reclamation Thematic Resources Nomination 3/25/1981.

The Derby Diversion Dam holds the distinction of being assigned the first design specification issued by the Bureau of Reclamation. The dam is among the original features of the Newlands Project, one of the first five projects authorized and built under the Reclamation Act of 1902.

With passage of the act, the Federal government assumed a major role in designing and constructing large-scale irrigation projects throughout the West. Derby Diversion Dam is part of the network of water storage, diversion, and conveyance structures that provides water for irrigating about 73,000 acres of farmland in an area that receives less than 4.5 inches of annual precipitation.

Completed in 1905, Derby Diversion Dam consists of a gated concrete structure spanning the Truckee River and an earthen embankment extending from the north abutment for nearly 1,200 feet.
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Courtesy of G. Bowlin
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