Some History and Dam Facts

An Engineering Marvel

When completed in 1910, Buffalo Bill Dam is one of the first concrete arch dams built in the United States. At 325 feet high, it also was the highest dam in the world at the time.


The dam was part of the Shoshone Project, which comprised a system of tunnels, canals, diversion dams, and Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Today, the project irrigates more than 93,000 acres, where principal crops are beans, alfalfa, oats, barley, and sugar beets. 

National Register of Historic Places

The Dam, a structure so significant, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the first five years of the register’s creation. 

Interpretive Areas

Walk through our interpretive areas and learn about the benefit of the dam to the Big Horn Basin area.  View working models, videos as well as native animal taxidermy.