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Who was lake mead named after?

Asked by geomoosers (22points) September 22nd, 2009

I’d like to know who lake mead was named after

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Harp's avatar

From Wikipedia:

Elwood Mead (January 16, 1858 in Patriot, Indiana – January 26, 1936) was a professor, politician and engineer who headed the Bureau of Reclamation from 1924 until his death in 1936.

During his tenure he was responsible for overseeing some of the most complex projects the Bureau of Reclamation have undertaken. These included the Hoover, Grand Coulee and Owyhee Dams.

erichw1504's avatar

Wikipedia does wonders.

PapaLeo's avatar

I thought it was Bob Mead. That one guy in the short sleeves and tie who worked his whole career at the Henderson, NV, Department of Regional Planning, third cubie on the right, wrote 40 projects that showed “much promise” but in the end were never implemented.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I read that as ‘The Bureau of Reincarnation”.

erichw1504's avatar

@PapaLeo I thought it was Margaret Mead. Who was an American cultural anthropologist and was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

Harp's avatar

@PapaLeo No, I’m afraid that rumor started when Betsy Frimmer, who worked as a stenographer in Bob’s office for 17 years, got the bright idea of presenting him with a framed photo of the recently completed reservoir on the occasion of his retirement. Bob failed to get the joke, thought the lake was actually named in his honor, and spent the 7 remaining years of his life chatting up tourists at the lake and posing with them for pictures in front of the lake. No one ever had the heart to tell Bob the truth.

At his request, his ashes were dropped from an airplane above the lake, but a strong down-canyon wind carried them into the sewage-treatment retention ponds to the southwest.

jrpowell's avatar

I’m not sure if Harp is making a funny.

Harp's avatar

Dude, this is tragedy

ratboy's avatar

Benjamin Lake.

filmfann's avatar

Or Veronica Lake, who, I am told, liked her mead.

jpro69's avatar

Elwood Mead. He was a Purdue University grad. Go Boilers!

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