January 1945

With World War II coming to an end, GRDA officials begin the long and grueling process to regain control of the dam from the government. By July of 1946, after a year and a half of struggles, the U.S. Congress passes a bill authorizing the return of the dam to GRDA and the people of the state of Oklahoma. President Harry S. Truman’s signature makes it official. (During government control of the dam, many of the minor contracts on the project are completed.)