The Denison Dam created Lake Texoma as a reservoir to control flooding back in 1944, during World War II. The dam was a unique feat of engineering by the Army Corps of Engineers because it was, at the time, the largest rolled, earth-filled dam in the United States. That means it was not formed by pouring concrete, but by bulldozing dirt into an enormous, compacted embankment.
Lake Texoma is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. Several small islands on Lake Texoma are accessible only by means of water transportation. Some of the island names include, in order from west to east, West Island, Wood Island, Hog Island, Treasure Island, Little Island, and North Island.
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The museum shows Bryan County from its start in 1873 to the present. The museum's exhibits include a small town exhibit area on the second floor depicting more than 20 businesses and scenes from the early 1900s, including an early law office, doctor's office, child's room, parlor, and general store. Other exhibits include area transportation history and a Native American Gallery, highlighting the Indian tribes that are located in southeast Oklahoma.