Written and Co-Driected by Kristin Atwell, "Theodore Roosevelt Dam: Arizona's Living Legacy" is narrated by Peter Coyote and produced by the team at Salt River Project. We won the EMMY Award in 2011 for the Best Historical Documentary in the Rocky Mountain Region.
In Territorial Arizona, farmers battled to control the erratic cycles of the Salt River. They faced blistering heat, torrential floods, and punishing drought. To prosper in such harsh conditions required ingenuity and fortitude. These settlers had to create a dependable water supply. Their vision was a dam of unprecedented size and scope, unlike any Reclamation project ever attempted in the United States. At the turn of the 20th Century, engineers, stonemasons, and laborers from around the globe traveled to the remote Western Frontier to build the world’s largest masonry dam. When it was completed it created the biggest man-made body of water on earth at that time. Over the ensuing one hundred years that steady water supply has turned the Salt River Valley into a metropolis of the Southwest.