W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam

Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry visited the failed Tumalo Reservoir and talked about W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam. In the… read more

Deschutes County Surveyor Mike Berry visited the failed Tumalo Reservoir and talked about W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam. In the early 20th century W.A. Laidlaw promised hundreds of settlers in Deschutes County that he could irrigate the land around Bend using funds from the Federal Carey Act. Laidlaw failed to uphold his promise and left the area with little money. The state then stepped in and tried to build a reservoir to help irrigate the land in what is now known as Tumalo. The state was never able to successfully irrigate the land promised by Laidlaw, leaving hundreds of settlers without farmable land.

C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2014 LCV Cities Tour” in Bend, Oregon, from March 3-5, to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the BendBroadband Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. close

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W.A. Laidlaw and the Tumalo Dam

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Program ID:
318255-1
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Vignette
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Vignette
Location:
Bend, Oregon, United States
First Aired:
Apr 6, 2014
Last Aired:
May 28, 2014

Airing Details

  • Apr 06, 2014 | 2:51pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 07, 2014 | 4:51am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 12, 2014 | 6:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 12, 2014 | 10:48pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 12, 2014 | 11:47pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Apr 14, 2014 | 3:48am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 27, 2014 | 10:50pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 28, 2014 | 2:52am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • May 28, 2014 | 6:53am EDT | C-SPAN 3
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