Shasta Dam luncheon honors 75th anniversary of construction

POSTED: 5:24 PM Sep 21 2013
Dam Luncheon
SHASTA LAKE, Calif. -

75-years after the start of construction, some of those hard workers who helped to create the Shasta Dam were honored on Saturday. A lot of work went in to putting together the celebration.

"This is part of the 75th anniversary this year,” said Darlene Brown, president of the Shasta Lake Heritage and Historical Society. “So we've been planning this for over a year."

It is a culmination of work and time, leading up to the annual luncheon for the dam workers. People gathered on Saturday at Central Valley High School to honor those who worked so hard to create the Shasta Dam many years ago.

"It just means a lot. It's memories for them,” said Brown. “The oldest fella here is 100."

There are so many memories for so many employees. James Brock, 100, is an original member of the workforce when construction began back in 1938, and his family realized the importance of his efforts.

"I think we're more proud than him. He doesn't really realize, I think, all the importance that it has,” said James’ son Darryl Brock. “To us, seeing a project like that, that they did, I doubt that we could do it now."

The people are still around today, and so are some original historical pieces.

Family and friends paid their respects. Congressmen and senators did the same for the manufacturers of this Northstate marvel.

"Marking the 75th anniversary of back when we as a state and people were bold enough to build projects like this is really more than symbolic,” said California  Congressman Doug LaMalfa.