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Located on the Rio Grande (El Paso), 140 feet north of where the west bank of the river enters Mexico, the American Dam is a diversion dam constructed in 1937 – 1938. The Building the American Dam in El Paso photograph album, PH090, contains 289 silver gelatin photographs primarily in corner mounts on twenty loose album pages. About half of the images in the album show the construction of the American Dam and Canal along the Rio Grande. In addition to the American Dam and Canal images, the album contains photographs of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico; Colorado; Arizona; and New Mexico.