Our beautifully detailed, laser engraved and precision cut map of Lake Austin in Travis County, Texas with the following interesting stats carved into it:
- Surface Area: 1,599 Acres
- Depth: 75 Feet
The first lake on the same site was named Lake McDonald, a reservoir formed by the construction of Austin Dam between 1890 and 1893. In 1900 a heavy rainstorm overwhelmed and destroyed the first Austin Dam, causing extensive flooding.
The dam began to be rebuilt in 1915, but repairs were abandoned because of a contract dispute, and the unfinished dam was again destroyed in a heavy storm later that year. In 1938 the Lower Colorado River Authority began building the Tom Miller Dam; the dam was completed and the lake filled in 1939.
The Austin Dam, also referred to as "The Great Granite Dam" failure was a catastrophic dam failure near Austin, Texas. The destruction of the dam drained the Lake McDonald reservoir and left the city of Austin without electrical power for a number of months!