Located in southeastern Idaho, American Falls Dam sits on the Snake River very near the town of Pocatello. This is a popular area of Idaho that offers easy access to popular places like Craters of the Moon National Monument and Yellowstone National Park. Its located on Interstate 86 and very near Interstate 15 and Interstate 84 so it is extremely easy to get to. If you’re traveling through this area, a stop off at American Falls Dam and the natural resources around it can be a very good idea.
Fun Facts About American Falls Dam
-The first power plant at American Falls was built in 1902. The Idaho Power Company acquired it in 1916.
-In 1925, the United States Bureau of Reclamation began construction on the first dam at American Falls. It was completed in 1927.
-Core samples that were taken in the concrete of the original American Falls Dam in the early 1960s showed deterioration beyond normal levels. The recommended solution was to build a second dam slightly downstream.
-Construction began on the second American Falls Dam in 1976 and it was finished in 1978.
-Upon completion of the second American Falls Dam, the majority of the first dam was demolished.
-American Falls Dam is operated by the United States Bureau of Reclamation.
-American Falls Dam is located in Power County.
-American Falls Dam is 94 feet high.
-American Falls Dam is 5,277 feet long.
-At its base, American Falls Dam is 42 and a half wide.
-The water backed up behind American Falls Dam is known as American Falls Reservoir.
-The power station at American Falls Dam is operated by the Idaho Power Company.
-American Falls Dam’s powerhouse is home to three turbine generators.
-American Falls Dam has a power producing capacity of 112 Megawatts.
-American Falls Dam being built forced over 3/4 of the town of American Falls to be relocated to higher ground.
-American Falls Dam is a concrete gravity and partially earthfill dam.