De Cordova Bend Dam

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View of the dam from the east
De Cordova Bend Dam as seen by satellite from NASA World Wind

The De Cordova Bend Dam is a man-made dam on the Brazos River in Hood County, Texas, United States, controlled by the Brazos River Authority. De Cordova Bend Dam forms the 8,300-acre (34 km2) Lake Granbury. The dam is so named because of the clockwise almost-complete loop in the Brazos River named De Cordova Bend after Jacob De Cordova.

The dam is one of only three damming the Brazos River.

Location and access[edit]

Location of De Cordova Bend Dam

The dam is located at 32°22′26″N 97°41′15″W / 32.37393°N 97.68753°W / 32.37393; -97.68753Coordinates: 32°22′26″N 97°41′15″W / 32.37393°N 97.68753°W / 32.37393; -97.68753 (32.37393, -97.68753).[1]

The dam is southeast of Granbury, Texas and road access is available by Rainey Ct which crosses the dam.

History[edit]

The lake was first proposed in the late 1950s. Construction was begun on the Cordova Bend Dam on December 15, 1966 by the H. B. Zachry Company.[2] Impoundment of water began on September 15, 1969.

The proposed construction of the De Cordova Bend Dam in the mid-1950s became the impetus for John Graves' book, Goodbye to a River.

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