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Home > Florida > Belle Glade > Hurricane Gate Structure 3, Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee, Belle Glade, Palm Beach County, FL



B&W Photos
Lakeside View Looking From Lake Okeechobee At The Upstream Side Of The Structure.
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Lakeside View Looking From Lake Okeechobee At The Upstream Side Of The Structure.
Landside View Looking At The Down Stream Side Of The Structure.
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Landside View Looking At The Down Stream Side Of The Structure.
Levee Approach Looking West At Structure.
HB332676
Levee Approach Looking West At Structure.
Levee Approach Looking East At Structure.
HB332677
Levee Approach Looking East At Structure.
View Looking At Operator
HB332678
View Looking At Operator's House Located On The East Side Of Hurricane Gate 3.
View Looking East At Landside Wingwall.
HB332679
View Looking East At Landside Wingwall.
View Looking West At Lakeside Wingwall.
HB332680
View Looking West At Lakeside Wingwall.
View Looking West From Landside Wall Towards Sector Gates.
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View Looking West From Landside Wall Towards Sector Gates.
View Looking West From Gate Chamber Towards Sector Gates.
HB332682
View Looking West From Gate Chamber Towards Sector Gates.
View Looking West From Catwalk At The Screens And Walkway On Top Of The Sector Gates.
HB332683
View Looking West From Catwalk At The Screens And Walkway On Top Of The Sector Gates.


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Item Title


Location
Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake Okeechobee, Belle Glade, FL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER FL-6
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N304).
Building/structure dates: 1935 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1936 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1956 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1961 subsequent work
Significance: Construction of Hurricane Gate Structure 3 was authorized by the River and Harbor Act of July 3, 1930. As such, it was part of the first major federal project in the central and southern Florida area. The project was developed, in part, in response to the effects to the 1926 and 1928 hurricanes. An estimated 2,500 people were drowned around Lake Okeechobee, and as a result, the hurricanes gained the dubious distinction of being considered great national disasters. Included in the 1930 project were the 8-foot-deep navigational channel from the Intracoastal Waterway near Stuart, Florida (via the St. Lucie River and Canal, Lake Okeechobee, and the Caloosahatchee Canal and River) to Fort Myers. Locks and control works were built near Stuart and at Moore Haven and Ortona. The project also entailed construction of 68 miles of levees along the south shore of Lake Okeechobee and 16 miles along the lake's north shore, and hurricane gates and 10-foot-diameter gated culvert structures. These facilities were designed to aid navigation, and to protect life and property around Lake Okeechobee. Because this project was authorized and begun during President Herbert Hoover's administration, the Lake Okeechobee levees were named the "Herbert Hoover Dike" in 1961. Hurricane Gate Structure 3 is an example of early waterworks. Its significance as a historic resource derives from the fact that it represents an early engineering solution to flood control that has continued to function for 50 years.

Subjects
Waterworks
Gates


Related Names
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
E.H. Latham Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. LAKESIDE VIEW LOOKING FROM LAKE OKEECHOBEE AT THE UPSTREAM SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE.
2. LANDSIDE VIEW LOOKING AT THE DOWN STREAM SIDE OF THE STRUCTURE.
3. LEVEE APPROACH LOOKING WEST AT STRUCTURE.
4. LEVEE APPROACH LOOKING EAST AT STRUCTURE.
5. VIEW LOOKING AT OPERATOR'S HOUSE LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF HURRICANE GATE 3.
6. VIEW LOOKING EAST AT LANDSIDE WINGWALL.
7. VIEW LOOKING WEST AT LAKESIDE WINGWALL.
8. VIEW LOOKING WEST FROM LANDSIDE WALL TOWARDS SECTOR GATES.
9. VIEW LOOKING WEST FROM GATE CHAMBER TOWARDS SECTOR GATES.
10. VIEW LOOKING WEST FROM CATWALK AT THE SCREENS AND WALKWAY ON TOP OF THE SECTOR GATES.


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