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Hoover Dam, Boulder City

Categories: Dams, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This place is breathtaking with its scale. The tour we went on was excellent. You can book a tour through the website but it is only half of what is available. For the full tour you have to turn up an...  read more »
  • Took a trip out to the Hoover Dam organised by Wild West Tours and with David Talbot as our guide/driver for the day. David arrived to pick us up from Caesars Palace in a very smart Hummer and give an...  read more »
  • Make the most of your visit and go on a tour, very interesting and educational. Our tour guide Lesley was great. Amazing views! Don't miss! $15 each for the cheaper tour $30 each for the whole tour - ...  read more »
  • Had a great time, our guide was very interactive and entertaining. There were multiple tour options available. We opted for power plant tour. They took us 500 feet below hoover dam surface. It's really hot out there so make sure to carry a waterbottle and a hat.
  • The dam itself is great, and the tour is worth it. Security was rude though. They confiscated a tiny keychain pocket knife and wouldn't return it to me. I guess they thought I was going to hijack the dam or something. I understand the need for security and I appreciate them trying to keep us safe, but that tiny knife could barely scratch a baby; they were just being ridiculous
  • We took the longer tour. Our tour guide, Tom was enthusiastic and informative. We had a really great time there. The cafe had kinda high prices, but the food was really good. Great BLT!
  • The Mistake I Had in My Hoover Dam Visit Last December our family visited Hoover Dam but because we did not have time to do a lot of research, we made a mistake that caused us spending two days, driving there two times. Usually people only need to schedule one day to visit Hoover Dam. The mistake was: When we firstly saw the Greatness Bridge where many visitors were walking on the Bridge, we were so excited and parked our car near the site and spent a couple of hours there and thought this was the main sightseeing activity for Hoover Dam visit and we even did not try to drive down to the Hoover Dam visitor information center. Until we returned to the hotel in Vegas and talked with a friend about the visit, I have realized we missed the main tours within the Hoover Dam. The Greatness Bridge walking is not the main Hoover Dam visit activity. So the next day we drove there and had enjoyed the tours that taught us the history, insights about the Hoover Dam. I shared more details and other information in youishare.
  • This place holds history for our family since our great uncle helped to build it. He was a great story teller and I wish he were still around to tell my kids his stories. The line to get out to see the dam may be long, but it moves, it's a constant flow of people going in and out. We were visiting Las Vegas and driving to Sedona, so it was the perfect place to get out and stretch our legs and get an appreciation for the magnitude of the project. It really is amazing what we as humans can do when we work together.
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