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Theodore Roosevelt was a busy man when he arrived in Phoenix in 1911 to dedicate the dam named after him. He had championed the passage of a federal reclamation act in 1902, which spurred dam construction nationwide. Theodore Roosevelt Dam was the first federal reclamation project, and was built as a masonry structure. Cement was hauled to the dam site by R.C. Tanner in a horse-drawn wagon, a round trip which took five days. Roosevelt Dam, located on the Salt River just downs