Two members of the PHS Class of 1935, Archie and John Carver, grew up at the “Roller Dam,” as their father, Earl, was Caretaker of the Grand River Diversion Dam in DeBeque Canyon from 1926 until 1959.

They attended school in Cameo through the 10th Grade and finished at Palisade High School in 1935.

Archie (2nd row, 2nd from the left) was about a year and a half older than John (3rd row, 3rd from the left). Because of the way their birthdays fell in the calendar year, Archie was a grade level ahead of John until at some point during their schooling in Cameo, John skipped a grade so the two brothers graduated from PHS together in the class of 1935.


If you missed the Palisade Historical Society’s program at the Canyon View Church during Peach Fest, you can learn about the interesting history of this uniquely important part of Palisade by visiting the History Center, 311 South Main Streets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  View the documentary video and see the “mobile museum” exhibit with photos and information about the Grand River Diversion Dam, locally known as the “Roller Dam” as part of the countdown to the 100th Birthday in June 2015.

If you have photos you are willing to contribute for publication in a history book about Palisade, please contact the Palisade Historical Society at (970) 464-2177 or P.O. Box 631, Palisade, CO 81526. Photos will be scanned and originals returned to donors.