Register created and edited by Kara Oxnam and Luke Kirkham
Date: April 2, 2002
Physical Description: 5.4 linear feet (13 Boxes)
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Biographical Sketch of / Agency History
In June 1976 the Teton Dam was nearly complete and water began to fill up the empty basin, but on June 3rd streams began to appear. The next day a leak was found and they began to try and cover the hole. June 5, 1976 the Dam broke and 270 feet of water drained in just six hours. The water damaged thousands of houses and left 25,000 homeless. The water devastated areas such as Wilford, Sugar City, and Rexburg. Eleven people were killed, six drowned.
Scope and Content
The Teton Dam Disaster Collection is a compilation of newspaper articles, oral histories, accounts received, as well as published materials.
The newspaper articles are copies of the original newspapers that published articles concerning the disaster. Newspapers include the Rexburg Standard Journal, Idaho Falls Post Register, and the Pocatello Idaho State Journal.
Oral History Project
The Teton Oral History Program is a joint oral history program of the History Departments of Utah State University, Ricks College, and the Idaho State Historical Society. W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Idaho State Legislature, Idaho State Historical Society, and the National Endowment of the Humanities funded the Teton Oral History Program. The purpose is to gather and preserve information for historical and scholarly use concerning the Teton Dam Disaster.
The accounts received are histories voluntarily submitted by members of the community to share their experiences.
Published materials have also been added to the collection including government reports on the failure of the dam.