Walt and Bert and eight-year-old Dondi have been in Wyoming for one month, and they’re still scouting around. This time Walt threw the family in the car and drove them to the nearby Alcova Dam, which forms a reservoir on the North Platte River.
The dam rises 265 feet above its foundation and contains 1,635,000 cubic yards of material, funneling water into the Casper Canal for the purpose of farming irrigation. The Casper Canal is 59 miles long and can move 1,200 cubic feet of water per second. Man that’s a lot of water, although it will be a handful of years until the Alcova Power Plant can harness this water redistribution and turn it into electricity.
Walt gets a rise out of this stuff. That’s him on the railing, along with Bert and Dondi—and where there’s Dondi, little Gail can’t be far behind. Gail’s father Bud is taking the photo, and it’s a warm October afternoon.
Drains, headgates, laterals, blah. Bert isn’t very transfixed by this concrete mess, but it’s an outing all the same.