Photographer's Note

The Gillespi Dam was built in 1921 By Frank Gillespie to supply water to his Paloma Ranch. At the time it was the largest privately financed concrete irrigation dam in Arizona.

In January 1993 torrential thunderstorms and an unusually high amount of winter rainfall around the state filled local rivers with record amounts of runoff. Enough water poured into the Gila River to cause a 120-foot portion of the dam to collapse. It was one of the largest dam failures in Arizona history. No attempt was ever made to reconstruct the dam nor remove the remnants leaving it a beautiful, curious, oddity and the area around it a riparian paradise teaming with fish, birds, and other fauna.

ISO 100, 1/80 second at f/18, 35mm focal length

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