In 1938, thousands of hardworking people arrived in rural Shasta County to build a dam and a dream. Shasta Dam brought much needed work during the Great Depression. It meant renewed pride for the builders and in the country…The construction of Shasta Dam provided work for 2,700 people, and drastically changed the economy of rural Shasta County.
The San Francsico Chronicle has been publishing fantastic pieces of journalism since 1865, and that includes their photography. In 1938, the Chronicle sent down photographer Ken McLaughlin to the area of Kennet, California (the town at the bottom of Shasta Lake) to shoot images of the people during the construction of Shasta Dam.
The results are some beautiful photos of what this area of Northern California looked like during the construction that changed the way California used water for the next 80 years. The construction gave work to an impoverished community during the Great Depression.
Take a walk through history with these SF Chronicle photos of Shasta Dam Construction.