High on Shasta Dam's vast concrete face last week a big steel gate opened. A mighty wall of water rushed down to the No. 4 penstock, exploded against the huge waiting turbine in the powerhouse below the dam. The tons of steel began to turn, accelerated, then hummed like a tremendous bee.

To Bureau of Reclamation men and their boss, Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes, that coming to life of the huge electric generator was the climax of the six-year job of building Shasta. But to strapping (205 lb., 6 ft. 3 in.),...

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