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A digital collection comprised of historical photographs and documents pertaining to the history of the Dworshak Dam, selected primarily from the collection of A. B. Curtis, former mayor of Orofino, Idaho and spanning the years 1952 to 1972.

Collection Selections:


Dworshak Dam Project 8 (General Yates)

Dworshak Dam Project 9 (Clearing)

Dworshak Dam Project 10 (Clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 11 (Yoyo operation)

Dworshak Dam Project 12 (Elk Creek Yo Yo work)

Dworshak Dam Project 13 (Yo yo work)

Dworshak Dam Project 14 (Clearing operations at dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 15 (Lower Elk Creek)

Dworshak Dam Project 16 (Mouth of Elk Creek clearing)

Dworshak Dam Project 17 (Starting work)

Dworshak Dam Project 18 (Boom Rock)

Dworshak Dam Project 19 (Key way)

Dworshak Dam Project 20 (Aerial View)

Dworshak Dam Project 21(Coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 22 (Work underway)

Dworshak Dam Project 23 (Ahsahke)

Dworshak Dam Project 24 (Dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 25 (Valley)

Dworshak Dam Project 26 (Aerial view of dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 27 (Foot bridge)

Dworshak Dam Project 28 (Merry place)

Dworshak Dam Project 29 (Banner)

Dworshak Dam Project 30 (Orofino)

Dworshak Dam Project 31 (Directors)

Dworshak Dam Project 32 (Group)

Dworshak Dam Project 33 (Site)

Dworshak Dam Project 35 (Construction)

Dworshak Dam Project 36 (Steel piling)

Dworshak Dam Project 34 (Early-day view)

Dworshak Dam Project 37 (Start Key way construction)

Dworshak Dam Project 38 (Ground-breaking ceremony)

Dworshak Dam Project 39 (Col. McElwee)

Dworshak Dam Project 40 (Ground-breaking ceremony with Col. McElwee)

Dworshak Dam Project 41 (Senator Jordan)

Dworshak Dam Project 42 (Lt. Gov. Drevlow)

Dworshak Dam Project 43 (Mr. Curtis)

Dworshak Dam Project 44 (Gen. Hyzer)

Dworshak Dam Project 45 (dynamite)

Dworshak Dam Project 46 (Army Corps of Engineers)

Dworshak Dam Project 47 (Briefing)

Dworshak Dam Project 48 (Lower North Fork of the Clearwater)

Dworshak Dam Project 49 (June 2, 1965)

Dworshak Dam Project 50 (Three-cableway system)

Dworshak Dam Project 50 (Concrete)

Dworshak Dam Project 51 (Clearwater River)

Dworshak Dam Project 52 (Senator )

Dworshak Dam Project 53 (Senator Dworshak)

Dworshak Dam Project 55 (Gen. Hyzer)

Dworshak Dam Project 56 (Orofino airport)

Dworshak Dam Project 54 (Col. McElwee)

Dworshak Dam Project 58 (Army men)

Dworshak Dam Project 59 (Army)

Dworshak Dam Project 60 (A.B. Curtis at first concrete pour)

Dworshak Dam Project 61 (Project view)

Dworshak Dam Project 62 (Proposed pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 65 (Start of diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 64 (Diversion work)

Dworshak Dam Project 66 (Clearing completed)

Dworshak Dam Project 67 (Aerial view before construction)

Dworshak Dam Project 63 (Aerial view of contractors camp)

Dworshak Dam Project 68 (Access site)

Dworshak Dam Project 69 (Diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 70 (Machine)

Dworshak Dam Project 71 (First bucket of concrete)

Dworshak Dam Project 72 (Crew)

Dworshak Dam Project 73 (First million yards of concrete)

Dworshak Dam Project 74 (Color photo of dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 75 (Fish hatchery)

Dworshak Dam Project 76 (Mouth of diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 77 (Telephoto lens)

Dworshak Dam Project 78 (Towers)

Dworshak Dam Project 79 (Telephoto image of towers)

Dworshak Dam Project 80 (Telephoto image of rock and sand)

Dworshak Dam Project 81 (Batch plant)

Dworshak Dam Project 82 (compressor house)

Dworshak Dam Project 83 (crushed rock)

Dworshak Dam Project 84 (cable tower)

Dworshak Dam Project 85 (Batch plant and railroad system)

Dworshak Dam Project 86 (cable tower)

Dworshak Dam Project 87 (batch plant)

Dworshak Dam Project 88 (solid granite)

Dworshak Dam Project 89 (batch plant)

Dworshak Dam Project 90 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 91 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 92 (concrete)

Dworshak Dam Project 93 (project area)

Dworshak Dam Project 94 (Elk creek)

Dworshak Dam Project 95 (fish hatchery)

Dworshak Dam Project 96 (fish hatchery)

Dworshak Dam Project 97 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 1 (1963)

Dworshak Dam Project 98 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 99 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 100 (dam base)

Dworshak Dam Project 101 (spillway)

Dworshak Dam Project 102 (spillway)

Dworshak Dam Project 103 (spillway)

Dworshak Dam Project 104 (spillway)

Dworshak Dam Project 105 (spillway)

Potlatch Forests, Inc 1 (Board of Directors)

Dworshak Dam Project 107 (Brush Rake)

Dworshak Dam Project 108 (cleared area)

Dworshak Dam Project 106 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 109 (cleared area)

Dworshak Dam Project 110 (cleared area)

Dworshak Dam Project 111 (cleared area)

Dworshak Dam Project 112 (cleared area)

Dworshak Dam Project 113 (cleared area)

Potlatch Forests, Inc 2 (Board of Directors)

Dworshak Dam Project 114 (rock pit)

Potlatch Forests, Inc 3 (Board of Directors)

Dworshak Dam Project 115 (rock pit)

Dworshak Dam Project 116 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 117 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 118 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 118 (diversion tunnel)

Resource Tour

Dworshak Dam Project 119 (Freemen Creek)

Dworshak Dam Project 120 (Coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 121 (heavy equipment)

Dworshak Dam Project 122 (heavy equipment)

Dworshak Dam Project 123 (Big Eddiy Marina)

Dworshak Dam Project 124 (Big Eddiy Marina)

Dworshak Dam Project 125 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 2 (Possible bridge sites)

Dworshak Dam Project 126 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 128 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 129 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 130 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 131 (Dworshak site)

Dworshak Dam Project 127 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 132 (Dworshak site)

Dworshak Dam Project 133 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 134 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 135 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 136 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 137 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 138 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 139 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 140 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 142 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 143 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 144 (site)

Dworshak Dam Project 145 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 141 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 147 (upstream)

Dworshak Dam Project 146 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 148 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 149 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 150 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 3 (Mr. Curtis' Suggestion)

Dworshak Dam Project 152 (dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 153 (draw down)

Dworshak Dam Project 151 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 154 (land clearing)

Dworshak Dam Project 155 (land clearing project)

Dworshak Dam Project 156 (land clearing project)

Dworshak Dam Project 157

Dworshak Dam Project 158 (land clearing project)

Dworshak Dam Project 159

Dworshak Dam Project 160 (land clearing project)

Dworshak Dam Project 161 (land clearing project)

Dworshak Dam Project 162 (Coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 163 (dicersion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 164 (project supervisor)

Dworshak Dam Project 165 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 4 (New road)

Dworshak Dam Project 166 (Dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 167 (project supervisor)

Dworshak Dam Project 168 (Coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 169 (dam site)

Dworshak Dam Project 170 (base of dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 171 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 172 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 173 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 174 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 175 (arial view)

Dworshak Dam Project 176 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 178 (coffer dams)

Dworshak Dam Project 5 (Coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 179 (clearing operation)

Dworshak Dam Project 177 (pit development)

Dworshak Dam Project 180 (Elk Creek)

Dworshak Dam Project 181 (Elk Creek)

Dworshak Dam Project 182 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 183 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 184 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 185 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 186 (clearing operations)

Dworshak Dam Project 187 (photograph)

Dworshak Dam Project 188 (diversion tunnel)

Dworshak Dam Project 189 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 190 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 191 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 6 (Artist's idea)

Dworshak Dam Project 192 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 193 (clearing pool)

Dworshak Dam Project 194 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 195 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 196 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 198 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 197 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 199 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 200 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 201 (pool area)

Dworshak Dam Project 202 (coffer dam)

Dworshak Dam Project 203 (construction)

Dworshak Dam Project 7 (Land clearing)

Dworshak Dam Project 204



About the Collection

About the Dam

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Contact Devin: dbecker@uidaho.edu
(208) 885-7040

About the Collection

The Dworshak Dam Collection is a collection that is still under development. It currently includes almost 500 items, including both photographs and documents, that portray the history of the Dworshak Dam, from proposal to construction. The collection was drawn from the papers and photographs of A.B. Curtis, which were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Mr. Curtis in October 1982. The physical collection is stored in four archival file boxes that occupy approximately four linear feet of shelf spaces

About A.B. Curtis

A.B. "Bert" Curtis was born on a ranch near Salem, Oregon, August 1, 1903. His parents, Charles Garret Curtis of Independence, Missouri, and Elizabeth Ann Milne, who was born near Dundee, Scotland, were early pioneers. When the family moved to Orofino, Idaho, in 1912 Charles Curtis operated the Cottage Hotel for a time before he returned to ranching.

Having attended high school in both Orofino, where he was on the football team, and Plummer, from which he graduated in 1921, Bert entered the University of Idaho where he remained for one year. He then attended Lewiston State Normal School where he received his teacher's diploma after two years of study. He taught and coached athletics in Fernwood for a while, then returned to the University of Idaho for two more years. He married Alene Honeywell of Clear Lake, South Dakota, in Moscow on December 21, 1928. They have five children, four sons and a daughter.

In 1918 he began his 50 year association with the Clearwater Timber Protective Association when, due to the manpower shortage caused by the war, Theodore Fohl hired the 15 year old Curtis as a waterboy, carrying water to the firefighters. He spent his summers until 1925 working for the association, then in May 1926 he began full-time work. In 1927 he was appointed Assistant Chief Fire Warden for the association and a year later was appointed Chief. In 1945 he was made Chief Fire Warden and Manager of the Potlatch Timber Protective Association, and in that same year he became State Fire Warden. In 1966 the Clearwater and Potlatch Timber Protective Associations were combined and Curtis remained Chief Fire Warden of the new organization until he retired in August 1968.

In 1950 Curtis was elected mayor of Orofino, a position he held for 23 years, during which the city completed a large water and sewage treatment plant. In 1958 he tried unsuccessfully to unseat Gracie Pfost, the Democratic incumbent representing Idaho's First District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was a strong supporter of Senator Henry Dworshak on the Bruces Eddy (now Dworshak) Dam issue, and was one of the primary figures in obtaining approval and funds for the construction. In 1972 he was awarded the Department of the Army Certificate for Patriotic Civilian Service for his assistance to the Corps of Engineers in building the dam. Among his other awards are the Idaho Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen award (1968), and a 38 years of distinguished service award presented by public and private Idaho forestry associations in 1976.

He has been active in the Chamber of Commerce, Association of Idaho Cities, was an original incorporator of the Clearwater Economic Development Association, was active in the Idaho Municipal League, served on the Inland Waterways Association, and from 1965 to 1970 he represented the timber industry as a member of the Public Land Law Review Commission. His memberships in forestry organizations include the American Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters - Inland Empire Section, and the Western Forestry and Conservation Association. He was also a founding member of the University of Idaho Advisory Research Council, president of the Alumni Association, and a member of the Athletic Advisory Committee. He was president of two mining concerns, Orofino Lime Products and Oxford Copper Mining Company near Pierce.

Curtis died in 1985.