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Water Pressure

Water Pressure
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi

Every hour of every day of the year, workers monitor the control room of the Fort Randall Dam and power plant. The 17th largest hydropower facility in the Corps’ arsenal, the plant serves seven midwestern states with nearly 21 million kilowatts of electricity—3.5 percent of the nation’s electric power. Begun in 1946, the dam project spawned Pickstown almost overnight as thousands of construction workers and engineers flooded in. Stores, a school, a hospital, and a movie theater sprang up to cater to the crowd, which peaked at roughly 3,500. After the project was completed in the 1950s, the workers moved on and nearly all the town’s buildings were eventually demolished, leaving Pickstown nearly a ghost town.

Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Not recorded
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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