‘Crown jewel’ of Colorado River project turns 50

The construction of Morrow Point Dam on the Gunnison River marked a new endeavor for the Bureau of Reclamation — a thin-arch, double-curvature dam. The dam, finished in 1968, is the second of the three Aspinall Unit dams.



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The construction of Morrow Point Dam on the Gunnison River marked a new endeavor for the Bureau of Reclamation — a thin-arch, double-curvature dam. The dam, finished in 1968, is the second of the three Aspinall Unit dams.

Fifty years ago this month, down in the Gunnison River canyon above what’s now a national park, the Bureau of Reclamation set two construction companies to work on a project that had not…




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