Tahoe City's 150th birthday, Lake Tahoe Dam's 100

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Updated: 8/31/2013 6:17 pm

TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — The first dam built to control the flow of the Truckee River as it tumbles down the Sierra Nevada has turned 100 years old.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and others are celebrating the Lake Tahoe dam's centennial through the Labor Day weekend along with the 150th anniversary of Tahoe City, Calif., where the dam was completed in 1913.

Local residents plan a commemorative town photo to be taken on Commons Beach at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The first dam at Tahoe was a rock-filled crib erected in 1870.

The current one is 109 feet long and 18 feet high. It was authorized by Congress in the early 1900s as part of the Newlands Project designed to tap Tahoe waters to irrigate thousands of acres of farmland east of Reno.

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