Articles written by Dan Bolyard

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 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The mighty Paul Bunyan

Construction was started on October 13, 1938 of the first boat to navigate what would become Lake Roosevelt. The project was started on the east shore of the forebay, just above... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The first locomotives at dam construction

The first locomotives to haul construction material for the dam were old and tired. Two were on hand in 1935 and had been bought by MWAK to get trains moving. For the section from... — Updated 8/5/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

Siphons critical for moving water to farms

Siphons were a large part of the irrigation project enabled by the pumping plant at Grand Coulee Dam. Most of them were placed in locations where a simple canal would not be... — Updated 7/15/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The US Construction Railroad

Bids to build the construction railroad were received May 17, 1934, and 22 firms competed for the work. The two low bidders were L. Coluccio of Seattle, and David H. Ryan of San... — Updated 5/6/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

The 31-Mile Grand Coulee tunnel

A proposal to build a 31-mile water tunnel under the Grand Coulee was made by Frank Harris, a civil engineer from Renton. His plan, publicly announced in December 1935, was to exped... — Updated 2/12/2020

 By Dan Bolyard    Opinion

Boxcars full of cement

Cement for the building of Grand Coulee Dam was hauled in by the boxcar full. Thousands of loads were needed for the project. When it was done, the North Dam was built, along with D... — Updated 12/31/2019


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