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Toledo Bend Campaign material, cira 1960
I came across this dusty old flyer for the Toledo Bend Dam project in a box of materials given to me by former Louisiana History teacher Gerry Doyle. I found the wording of the flyer interesting especially the part of helping pay for this with funs from the Confederate Veterans Pension fund. Also note-worthy is the comment about the closing of Fort Polk. Below is the full text of the flyer. Pictures of the flyer can be seen by clicking on the images below.

The people of Louisiana and Texas have found in their own back yard something more valuable to them than a gold mine - something that will continue to flow wealth into the area in greater value each succeeding year for generations to come. This is the Toledo Bend Dam Project. 

The project will create the largest man-made lake in the South - 181,500 acres. It will be the first hydroelectric power plant in Louisiana and produce almost $2,000,000 worth of electricity per year for industrial and domestic uses. With over 650 miles of beautiful wooded and indented shoreline this lake will be a vacation land and sportsman's paradise for millions of visitors per year, who will pour millions of out-of-state dollars into an economically depressed area. The effects of this economic stimulus will not stop in the lake area as these tourists will visit other attractions in New Orleans, the Evangeline Country and other sections of Louisiana and Texas. 

The Dam itself is to be located 18 miles west of Leesville, Louisiana, on Sabine River at Toledo Bend. The reservoir will extend up the river 100 miles to a point above Logansport, Louisiana, or about 40 miles southwest of Shreveport. Although the dam and reservoir is confined to this area the project really extends on to the Gulf of Mexico where it can furnish billions of gallons of fresh water for industries in Lake Charles, Orange and Port Arthur area, furnish water to irrigate thousands; of acres of farm land, help push back the intruding salt water that has moved inland for miles, and prevent or minimize floods for thousands of acres of land and homes. 

In the DeRidder, Leesville and Many area it can furnish water to process the hundred of thousands of acres of pine timber plantations into paper and furnish water to carry away the waste. This abundance of water will attract other industry to this economically depressed area. 

With the closing of Ft. Polk that left over 600 vacant houses and 20"/0 of its labor force unemployed, Toledo Dam offers a ray of hope for this faltering economy. 

Nature seemed to have had this project in mind when she molded the area, as no spot so favorable has yet been found in the entire south according to reliable engineers. For instance, it will require less than 1/4 the earth to build a reservoir that is about twice the size of Lake Texoma, the only lake comparable in size to Toledo in this part of t country. The cost per acre foot of water stored will be only $12 to $14, as compared to $20 to $60 for other projects over the nation. It is almost inconceivable that the total cost of the Toledo Send Project including the purchasing of the land, relocating roads, etc. will equal the cost of only one large paper mill. The estimated cost of the project is $60,000,000. 

The Toledo Bend Project is unusual in another respect. It will pay for its construction directly from the sale of electricity and water in addition to the untold millions in economic benefits it will bring t both states and their people. 

One-half of the cost or $30,000,000 will be met from the issuance revenue bonds which will be retired from the sale of electricity. The remaining $30,000,000 is to be financed by the States of Louisiana and Texas. 

Louisiana proposes to finance its share through a Constitutional Amendment already approved by the Legislature which would use the surplus in the Confederate Veteran Pension fund. The surplus in this fund will be used by the state Department of Public Works to build other water source and recreational projects in addition to Toledo Bend. 
The amount needed to construct Toledo Bend would constitute a loan the state to the Sabine River Authority which would be paid back out the sale of water and electricity. The Department of Public Works would thus use Louisiana's share of the money returned and earned by the Toledo Bend Project to create other vital water resources and recreation projects in Louisiana. 
Governor Davis' administration has the vision to have recognized this is a most worthy goal of the state and has given the project its endorsement and support. The proponents of this project feel this will be on of the outstanding accomplishments of the present administration. 

Many people and organizations have made this Toledo Bend Story possible. Your vote for Amendment Number 8, November 8, will be considered a personal contribution to this most worthy project. By voting for this amendment, it is believed some day you will look back with a sense of joy and pride in having had a part in making the Toledo Bend Project become a reality. 


Box 820, Many, Louisiana

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