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"Parker Dam is located on the Colorado River, approximately 16 miles northeast of Parker, Arizona and 155 miles downstream from Hoover Dam, in a short section of gorge cut through low-lying hills. It is a gravity-arch dam with a structural height of 320 feet, a crest length of 856 feet at elevation 455.0, and provides water storage and power production. The reservoir formed by the dam, Lake Havasu, stores water for municipal and industrial use by southern California and by the Central Arizona Project. With a reservoir elevation of 450.0 feet and a tailwater elevation of 366.0 feet, Parker Dam has a differential hydrostatic load of 84 feet.

Barnes, Will C.; Granger, Byrd (ed.) Arizona Place Names, University of Arizona Press. 1960. P. 382

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 United States Bureau of Reclamation- Parker Dam

Desert USA- Parker Dam

Read below about Arizona Governor Benjamin Moeur sending the Arizona National Guard to stop construction of Parker Dam and declared martial law.

(Dr.) Benjamin B. Moeur
 (Dr.) Benjamin B. Moeur

 "Arizonans were living on the brink of economic disaster in the fall of 1932. So severe was the Depression panic that voters turned out the venerable Governor Hunt in the Democratic primary and chose Dr. Benjamin B. Moeur, a nonpolitical Tempe physician. Governor Moeur slashed state spending and looked about frantically for new taxing methods to replenish the empty state treasury. The State of Arizona, unable to pay its bills, issued temporary script to pacify its employees and creditors. By 1934, when he ran for re-election, Governor Moeur was about to tell the people that "The patient is now past the danger stage." He had been forced to introduce a state income tax, sales tax, and various luxury taxes to balance the books. But he did it.

Governor Moeur is perhaps best known for his audacity in mobilizing the Arizona National Guard in  March 1934 to prevent the construction of Parker Dam, which was to divert Colorado River water to Los Angeles. Secretary of Interior Harold Ickes was furious, but he was forced to halt construction of the dam until Arizona's water claims were adjudicated.

Born December 22, 1869, at Decherd Tennessee, Moeur was the son of a physician who moved his family to Texas in 1873 and entered the cattle business. Young Ben punched cattle until he was 18, and then entered the University of Arkansas, where he earned his medical degree in 1896. Dr. Moeur followed a brother to the Arizona Territory a few months later and settled in Tempe, where he practiced medicine until he entered politics in 1932. Although he was a gruff, cigar chewing, profane man, he had a heart of gold. He often rode horseback through the night to attend a patient; he delivered most of Tempe's babies for 36 years. His generosity became legend.  "I never billed a widow or a preacher," he once declared. And he refused to charge a soldier's family during World War I. Dr. Moeur served as Secretary of the Board of Education for Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe for many years; and gave free medical services to countless students. The strain of leading Arizona through one of its most trying eras took a heavy toll on Gov. Moeur's health. Only 71 days after he left office in 1937, he died at his Tempe home, aged 67."

Goff, John F. Arizona Biographical Dictionary. Black Mountain Press. Cave Creek, Arizona 1983.
p.  264



Stuart family papers, 1903-1967, bulk 1925-1956

J. Morris Richards collection, 1910-1989 [manuscript]

A protest : rights of Arizona, its citizens and residents invaded by withdrawal order of Secretary of Interior Wilbur of October 28, 1932.

The Governor Benjamin B. Moeur residence : home of the Tempe Community Council.
XUTE 15.4:B 35

In the Supreme Court of the United States, October term, 1934 : no. 18, original : United States of America, plaintiff vs. State of Arizona, defendant.
F788 .A74

Parker, Arizona Local Government Website

The Parker, Arizona

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Rio Colorado & Parker Dam / by Marion V. Allen.
F788  .A4x

In the Supreme Court of the United States, October term, 1934 : no. 18, original : United States
F788  .A74

Explanation of Terms... Colorado-River-Controversy...; 8-1-1929

The 1968 Parker Colorado River Story

History of Parker & Area

Books/Manuscripts found in the ASU Library Catalog

Historic legends of Parker, Arizona / edited by Fred S. Cook.
F819 .P32 H57x

Items on the Arizona and Southwest Index

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