Vintage Austin: Austin Dam
Heavy rains fall in Austin and the Hill Country in early April of 1900. At that time, there were no upstream dams to capture runoff resulting in a 250-foot section of the Austin Dam breaking away on April 7, that's almost half the dam. The flood causes nearly $1.4 million in damage, an amount equal to what the City of Austin financed to build the dam. This photo shows the section of dam that broke away.
Photo Credit: LCRA Corporate Archives, W00514