National Geographic : 1924 Jul
Official Photograph, U.S.Army Air Service THE GEOMETRIC WONDERS OE DAM CONSTRUCTION REVEALED BY THE CAMERA OF THE AVIATOR: THE MINIDOKA RESERVOIR, IDAHO Writing in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE for June, 1920, the late Franklin K. Lane said ofthis great irrigation basin: "Seven years ago I visited the Minidoka project and found the people discontented. To-day they are, I suppose, amongthe happiest farmers and the most contented people in our country. Here I saw a town where there never had been a fire lighted, because at the dam above the town the water had been stored to generate electric power for use as heat, light, and for cooking, as well as to irrigate the land. The women churned with electricity and the sewing machines were run with electricity. I suppose they had a sort of paddling-machine for the naughty children that they ran byelectricity. Itwas an electric city."