There has to be a first innovation, and for Sundt it was the Agua Pura Dam. We would like to say the real innovation was building a dam for only $21,800, but since the year was 1911, that was market rate.
Sundt’s challenge was to build a large concrete dam in a very remote area – Las Vegas, New Mexico. Project records are scarce, but here are just a few fun facts:
• Carpenters got 30 cents.
• A mule skinner handling a double team was paid 40 cents.
• Concrete for the dam was bid at $6.95 a cubic yard, in place.
• Concrete was delivered to the forms by wheelbarrows.
• The crushing plant was run in two shifts of 10 and 12 hours.
• We used hand-operated guy derricks.
And for all of this, Sundt’s profit was $1,748!
Agua Pura Water Company
Agua Pura Dam