In 1903 a group of farmers thought it would be a good idea to build a dam upstream from here for irrigation. The dam increased the surface area of Lawn Lake from 16.4 acres to 48 acres. Problem is, as the years went by the remote dam was pretty much eventually forgotten. 1982 rolled around with the earthen dam suffering from a leaking water gate, which was allowing hidden erosion within the earthen dam. At 6 AM on July 15, the sudden failure of the dam instantly released 30 million cubic feet of water in a deluge which killed 3 people and caused $31 million in damage to the Estes Park area. We are standing on the alluvial fan created as the water rolled rocks down the valley to where the river opened up into this wide meadow.