Powersite Dam

Hydroelectric dam in Forsyth, Missouri

Powersite Dam is a hydroelectric dam that went into service in 1913 in Forsyth, Missouri. It is found along the White River, and the reservoir it forms is Lake Taneycomo. It is the first hydroelectric dam built in Missouri. It was designed in 1911 by Nils F. Ambursen. Powersite was the largest concrete buttress dam of its kind. The dam is still privately owned by the Empire District Electric Company.[1]

In July 2015 the dam was damaged due to heavy flooding.[2] The water levels in Lake Taneycomo had to be lowered to allow for inspection and repairs.[3]


  1. Kathleen Van Buskirk, 'Powersite Dam', White River Valley Historical Quarterly, Volume 8, Number 8 (Summer 1984)
  2. "Powersite Dam Damaged, Lake Taneycomo Lowers Water Levels". HomeTownDailyNews.com. July 16, 2015. Archived from the original on August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  3. "Empire bringing levels down to examine damage at Taneycomo Dam". Schurz Communications Inc. July 16, 201. Archived from the original on August 4, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015.