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Hoover Dam, Boulder City

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Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. 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 Herbert 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. The winning bid to build the dam was submitted by a consortium called Six Companies, Inc., which began construction on the dam in early 1931. Such a large concrete structure had never been built before, and some of the techniques were unproven. The torrid summer weather and 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.
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  • I've seen lots of pictures of the Hoover Dam, but until you actually stand on it, the magnitude of what was accomplished here beginning back in the early 1930s, can't really be appreciated. If you're ...  more »
  • Trzeba przyznać, że tama jest spektakularna. Jest kilka możliwosci zwiedzania. Możemy zapłacić 30$ za pełne zwiedzanie tamy, elektrowni oraz muzemum. Mozna też po prostu spacerowac po tamie I jej okol...  more »
  • It's been many years since I last visited Hoover Dam. The bypass bridge didn't exist. One can do the tour, but it's not necessary. First, the dam can be viewed from the Tillman bridge which offers a g...  more »
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  • Awe inspiring when you stand on the Dam and think about how it was built. Before modern machinery was available, men attached to ropes swung all over the side of it, risking theirs lives. Also thinking about how the concrete is STILL curing below your feet. Amazing stop on the way to Vegas.
  • The tour was a lot of fun and very informational! There are plenty of places to take beautiful photos. The gift shop has a wide selection of items in various price ranges so you can find something for everyone and not go way over budget.
  • I cannot write enough about my visit here. It was truly incredible to walk across the dam but it was even more amazing to take the dam tour. Seeing the inside of the Hoover Dam took my visit to the next level. Do not pass up a chance to come visit if you are nearby!
  • Pretty awesome. A true man-made wonder. I don’t know how they got it done in 5-years, but it’s cool that they did (yes I do – I went on the Power Plant tour and you should too!) The tour is worthwhile and includes a short film. The views are stunning and contemplating what they accomplished is mind-blowing. Also – who knew they had palm trees?
  • The bus tour is good since it will take you to places which the public is not allowed to visit in the Hoover dam complex. But taking the bus tour means you will not have too much time to see everything. We ended up going twice. Went there by car and explored the whole complex as we realized that we missed several things due to time constraints in the bus tour. My advice would be to go there by yourself. There is a parking structure where ample parking is available.