Deep in the Apache Nation–120 miles east of Phoenix as the asphalt was poured–is the Coolidge Dam. Built in the roaring years of 20s and dedicated just months after the stock market crash on March 4, 1930 by Calvin Coolidge.
The project had a budget to make a fashion statement in the art deco style of the day. Note the lamps and the tiles in the bulkhead. And, oh my, the eagle. The eagle appears to be concrete and therefore molded. Setting it into place must have been a sight to see.
The lake was the color of my college prom date’s eyes.
Sixty-five miles NE of the Coolidge Dam is the Roosevelt Dam in the midst of the Tonto Forest. I am camped overlooking the Lake which lounges as far as I can see left and right. The lake and I are embraced by tall mountains of faded red earth spotted with forest greens. My spot has a barbecue and a covered picnic table. The nightly fee for my private piece of the universe is three dollars after my clergyman’s discount.