More than a mile long, the Grand Coulee Dam is the largest concrete structure in the U.S. In the fall of 2011, dam operators agreed to open the spillway just for American Experience. "It was very exciting that they agreed to spill for us for a short period specifically for the film," said Associate Producer Lauren DeFilippo. "We ran to the top and bottom [of the dam] in about 30 minutes to capture all that we could" on film.
This 15-second time-lapse video shows the spillway closing. The water flowing through the spillway makes the Grand Coulee appear white, though when the water stops, the concrete appears black.
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Major Walter Reed's discovery in 1900 that mosquitoes spread yellow fever halted an outbreak and led to the disease's eventual eradication.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
The last surviving member of a California Indian tribe became a sensation in 1911.
The Chiricahua Apache medicine man and warrior who refused to accept white man's 'civilization.' Part of The Wild West collection.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
A Utah farm boy builds a prototype for a television, but is thwarted by movie studio executives wanting to control the technology.
Postwar New York City and the global economic order told through the story of the World Trade Center.