Sutton Dam Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

            Fifty years ago the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dedicated the Sutton Dam in Sutton, W.Va., and to mark the anniversary, a ceremony will be held at the dam’s Downstream Day Use Area on Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m.

            Speakers at the ceremony include Huntington District Commander Col. Robert Peterson, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Kelley Goes, State Director for Sen. Joe Manchin. The program will recognize those who worked on the construction of the dam along with retirees.

            The event is part of the 3rd Annual Mountain Lakes Festival, which includes a number of activities at Sutton Lake, including a bass tournament, a 5-kilometer run across the dam and through the town of Sutton, a cook-off, a kid’s fishing contest, a professional jet-ski demonstration, an “Anything That Floats But a Boat” contest, a water skiing demonstration, musical performances and a fireworks display.

            Congress originally authorized the construction of Sutton Dam in 1938, but construction didn’t start until 1949. It was halted by the Korean War, and resumed in 1956.  The completed project was dedicated July 8, 1961.

            Over the past 50 years, the 210-foot-high concrete dam has provided more than $404 million in flood damage reduction.

             For more information, contact Public Affairs at 304-399-5353.

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