100 years later, Medina Lake dam still a marvel

The Medina Lake dam is a huge block of concrete, lodged in a canyon, which impounds a waterway flowing along the border of Bandera and Medina counties.

But that description hardly does justice to the enduring edifice on the Medina River, say those behind Saturday’s celebration of the dam’s construction 100 years ago.

They see the dam as an engineering marvel that provides water critical to surrounding farmland, safeguards downstream residents from flooding and spawned, among other developments, Lakehills, now Bandera County’s largest community.

“It’s a lifeline to have the dam here to provide water to our crops,” said Robert Hancock, chairman of the Medina County Historical Society and former mayor of Castroville.

Read more from Zeke MacCormack with My San Antonio Express-News here.