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Dam! History Mysteries Are Back!

Have you gotten your invitation yet? The AHCA’s next History Mysteries event is happening Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6:45 pm via Zoom. Tune in and you’ll learn Some Interesting Dam History, courtesy of AHCA Membership Committee members Linda McCoy and Jeffrey Dochen and the Austin History Center.


“This will be another fun night of learning with our AHCA community,” said McCoy. “We’ll start the night off with a short “Mystery Mixer” so we can say hello to each other and raise a class to this fun event! We are so excited to have Tito’s back again as a sponsor of a key ingredient in our signature “Mystery MoTito”!”

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McCoy and Dochen will tap into research and photographs from the AHC to uncover some of the mysteries of what became known as the Austin Dam Disaster of 1900. They ‘ll explain why the original dam was built, the political and social climate around the building of the dam, as well as the aftermath of the tragic events of April 7, 1900, when heavy rains pushed the dam to its limits. Find out what dams were built after the “Great Granite Dam” failed, who they were named for, as well as other interesting dam tidbits.


History Mysteries events are not just for AHCA members; they are open to family, friends, or other community members. They’re made possible by Waterloo Education, Shelton Properties, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and the Blind Pig Pub.

Check your email for your invitation and RSVP soon to reserve your spot!


Four people standing in front of broken dam, circa 1900. C016117, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
C016117, Austin History Center, Austin Public Library