While fishing, boating or swimming in Lake Texoma, consider the tremendous engineering feat that was accomplished when the Denison dam was dedicated on July 1, 1944. At the time, the dam was the largest rolled earth fill dam in the world.
This is a documentary produced by Gene Lenore Productions.
Watch the construction footage of the dam as it was being built, showing 20-foot diameter pipes which water from the lake flows through the intake structure to the powerhouse and the Denison Dam floodgates. Colored corrected 16mm film from the 1940s and 1950s was transferred to high definition. Included in this footage are speedboat races on the lake and the 1957 flood that sent water roaring over the lake's spillway for the first time. This flood also shows the Burns Run area under water.
Former residents of Hagerman, Texas, and Woodville, Oklahoma, — before the towns were abandoned because of the Denison Dam project—are featured in the film. This also includes footage of Woodville’s empty buildings after it was abandoned.
Gene Lenore is an award-winning journalist and broadcaster. A native of Farmersville in Collin County, he has worked as a reporter and editor for Texas newspapers prior to entering the field of television news as a writer/ photographer at WFAA-TV in Dallas. He also has worked as a news writer for Voice of America, National Public Radio in Washington, D. C., Denison Herald, and KXII–TV.
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