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Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole

Alicia Vandahl to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Vandahl, Alicia
Date: February 04, 1952
This letter was written by Alicia Vandahl, Randolph, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. She writes in opposition to building Tuttle Creek dam because she believes it will not be just one dam but will lead to 20 to 40 others. She doesn't want Kansas river valleys destroyed and believes the dams won't prevent flooding. She wants the issue studied and asks Cole to wait until the President's Missouri Basin Review Committee completes its study.


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "after the service, Mrs. Willingham placed flowers on the graves of her parents in the small cemetery near the church. Army Engineers will move cemeteries to nearby hills, although communities which care for them will be dispersed".


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "valley residents have vowed not to give up their fight against the dawn, although its eventual completion seems almost certain. Every Sunday evening they continue to pray together for a miracle that will save their homes and villages. Theme for this meeting was 'yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil'".


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He captioned this photograph "a valley prayer asks for divine guidance 'in these days when the continued existence of our place of worship, our homes and this valley are threatened.'" This is probably Mahridal Lutheran Church, organized in 1863. This interior view shows the altar, the pulpit, a pipe organ and organist, and the congregation.


Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Pottawatomie County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project in Pottawatomie County, Kansas. He captioned this photograph "for Mrs. Eileen Willingham of Englewood, California (front row, second from right) this may be the last visit to the church she attended as a child. Many members of this congregation are descendants of Marie Johnson for whom the church was named." This is probably Mahridal Lutheran Church, organized in 1863. The congregation is shown in this photograph.


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. This is a photograph of Dr. Burkman and his father fishing. He captioned this photograph "paid a final visit to a favorite fishing hole on Baldwin Creek, one of the tributaries that will become part of the huge reservoir."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Climbing the hill above his father's house to photograph the valley was the first mission of the young physician [Dr. Reuben Burkman] as he began his final tour. The valley is 2 miles wide at this point."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "after touring the valley, Dr. Burkman visited with Albert Peterson, a neighbor who will also be displaced by the dam".


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. This photograph was captioned: "The Blue River, now docile after several years of drought, was a contributing factor in the flood on the Kansas River, according to Army Engineers. Valley residents argue that debris found upstream proves that the Blue was backed up by the rampaging Kansas River which it joins near Manhattan."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "another farewell to the valley was that of Dr. Reuben Burkman, son of a Swedish immigrant who bought a farm in the valley with his earnings as a hired hand. Dr. Burkman stopped for a last visit between the end of the internship and the beginning of a tour of duty with the U. S. Public Health Service. He is shown here with his small son, wife and mother."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Some have already reached that moment which each valley resident may eventually face when, like a character in a Thomas Wolfe novel, he 'stands upon the hillside overlooking the town he has left, yet does not say 'the town is near' but turns his eyes upon the distant, soaring ranges.'"


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph "the incomplete dam, now about 20 feet high, already stretches most of the way across the valley. When finished, it will be 7,350 feet long and 135 feet high."


Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas

Blue River Valley in Riley County, Kansas
Creator: Meyer, Philip
Date: 1956
Philip Meyer took a series of photographs showing residents of the Blue River Valley as they prepared to move from their homes and farms as part of the Tuttle Creek reservoir and dam relocation project. He captioned this photograph: "Dr. Burkman visited the deserted home of a former acquaintance who lived near the dam site and was bought out by Army Engineers when construction started in 1952. The incompleted earth and rip-rap structure can be seen at right."


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: August 1962
Three photographs showing crews paving the roads on or around the Tuttle Creek Reservoir on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1952
A collection of six photographs detailing the beginning of the Tuttle Creek Dam project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. The contract for this initial construction was awarded to the George Bennet Construction Company of Kansas City, in the amount of $2,238,888. The photographs show the initial moving of excavated earth and limestone, the preparatory work for the construction of a temporary bridge, and various views of ongoing excavation. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: July 1958
Seven photographs showing construction activity on differents areas of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
A distant view of the Tuttle Creek Dam project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
These seven photographs show scenes of the Tuttle Creek Dam construction north of Manhattan, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
Seven photographs taken during the construction of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
Seven photographs detailing the beginning of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir Project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
Seven photographs showing construction activities on different areas of the Tuttle Creek Reservoir Project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: October 1964
These five photographs show road paving activities on the Tuttle Creek Reservoir project on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam

Construction of the Tuttle Creek Dam
Date: 1958
Seven photographs showing individuals or construction activities on different areas of the Tuttle Creek Dam on the Kansas River in Riley County, Kansas. Tuttle Creek Dam was constructed by the U. S. Army Engineer District, Kansas City, Corps of Engineers.


G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole

G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Stockwell, Glenn Dale, 1901-1964
Date: August 17, 1951
This is a telegram from Glenn Dale Stockwell, sent from Topeka, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. Stockwell, who was a resident of the Blue River Valley and a leading opponent of the Tuttle Creek dam construction, writes about the record rainfalls and the river discharge figures showing how inadequate the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is for flood control.


Glenn D. Stockwell, Sr. to Leslie G. Templin

Glenn D. Stockwell, Sr. to Leslie G. Templin
Creator: Stockwell, Glenn D.
Date: November 1, 1955
In this letter, Glen Stockwell outlines his reasons for opposing the construction of a dam on Tuttle Creek in North Central, Kansas. Mr Stockwell writes to Leslie Templin to provide background information about Public Law 566 that authorized the Department of Agriculture to enter into assistance agreements with small watersheds for the purpose of controlling soil erosion and floods.


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