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    Sand, solitude and sunshine equate to satisfaction for dam tenders at Painted Rock Dam

    In the late 1950s, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed Painted Rock Dam on the Gila River, upstream of Yuma, Ariz., to help minimize flooding and protect water rights according to a treaty with Mexico. However, most of the year, the dam’s basin is completely dry. The hearty souls who keep the place operting stay in "stand by" mode in case there is heavy rain.