In 2001 the Shoshone Irrigation District began a scanning and digitizing project of all of the historical records we hold in our office from the development of the Shoshone Project. With funding assistance from the Bureau of Reclamation and the Moyer Foundation in Powell, the District scanned over 100,000 documents and photos relating to the Project. These archives included all large format documents such as the as-constructed drawings of canals, laterals and structures. The scanned documents also included the original homestead files and records, the Project histories, and water-right and farm unit maps.
Below I will try to provide you with examples of some of the photos and documents that were recorded. These examples will change from time to time as I update this web page. Please check back often as these archives are essentially the history of why Powell and the surrounding areas exist today.
For more information and to get a copy of some of these files for a nominal fee, please contact the Shoshone Irrigation District.
Shoshone Reservoir during flood, June, 1909 Site of proposed Shoshone Dam looking upstream, 1907
Building a home along the CB&Q railroad near Powell U.S. Reclamation headquarters at Powell, 1908
Backfilling Drain "I" with Reclamation Grader, 1913 Powell Grade School, 1914
View of Shoshone Dam to Show Height of Dam, 1910 Corbett Dam and intake structure, 1948