Taming the Wild Washita

By Thomas E. Perryman, District Conservationist SCS Cheyenne, Oklahoma from the July 9, 1970 Cheyenne Star In Roger Mills County, Oklahoma, one of the nation’s original eleven flood prevention projects is taming the Washita River and bringing the people new economic strength after decades of droughts and flooding. In the “Dirty 20’s” the county ranked among the state’s lowest in per capita income. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study in 1936 estimated loses from flooding in the Washita River at $2,3000,000; if projected on today’s prices, the figure would be staggering. Yet, in 1968 Roger Mills County was the state’s…

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