If you’re looking for something to do today, perhaps you maybe interested in visiting The Hoover Dam which was once known as Boulder Dam, the Dam located at the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the United states of AZ and NV. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Hoover.
Since about 1900, the Black Canyon and nearby Boulder Canyon had been investigated for their potential to support a dam that would control floods, provide irrigation water and produce Hydroelectric power. In 1928, Congress authorized the project. . Such a large concrete structure had never been built before, and some of the techniques were unproven. The torrid summer weather and the lack of facilities near the site also presented difficulties. Nevertheless, Six Companies turned over the dam to the federal government on March 1, 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule.
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, NV, a municipality originally constructed for workers on the construction project, about 25 mi (40 km) southeast of LasVegas, NV. The dam’s generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year. Be ready to take your time when you visit. It’s a beautiful drive out there, but maybe preety busy. You might want to check out Boulder City also. It’s worth the stop.
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