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Blue Mesa Reservoir

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1963. 11 miles west of Gunnison on U.S. 50

The largest lake in Colorado and the surrounding Curecanti National Recreation Area originated with the Blue Mesa Dam (1963), a 342-foot-high earthen structure. Below it are the Morrow Point Dam (1971), the first large double-curvature, thin-arch concrete dam in the United States, and Crystal Dam, forming a trio of recreational reservoirs on the Gunnison River.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel



Thomas J. Noel, "Blue Mesa Reservoir", [Gunnison, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 539-540.

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