DRIVE THRU HOOVER DAM
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November 7th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
HOOVER DAM STOP
Brett has never been to Hoover dam. I wanted to take them to the lookout point where we can see Lake Mead. We took many photos. it was very windy and cold. Afterwards, we drove across the dam. I noticed the bridge view is slowly in construction. All the roads leading up to it is done. The bridge was the last to complete. Slowly but surely the bridge is completing.
I was driving on the dam and told Brett to jump out and take photos and we will wait for him across the dam. The traffic was light. After about 15mins I saw Brett running up towards us, then we stopped at the boarder of AZ and NV sign. Melissa has never been to AZ. We took photos at the sign. then I took them to the top of the view of the dam.
Afterward we are off to Kingman, which is about 2 hours away, normally that is where I get gas, but we shall see.
MORE TO ADD AS I REMEMBER AND MORE FROM ERIN'S BLOG AND BRETT'S BLOG
NEXT STOP HOPEFULLY KINGMAN!!!!
HISTORY OF HOOVER DAM
Hoover Dam, also sometimes known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.
This dam, located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, is named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as the Secretary of Commerce and then later as the President of the United States. Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.
Lake Mead is the reservoir created behind the dam, named after Elwood Mead, who oversaw the construction of the dam.
Downstream from Hoover Dam, showing the river, power stations, and power lines.
Aerial shot of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam showing the high-water mark of the 1983 flood season along the shore
* Construction period: April 20, 1931 �" March 1, 1936
* Construction cost: $49 million ($676 million adjusted for inflation)
* Deaths attributed to construction: 112; 96 of them at the construction site
* Dam height: 726.4 ft (221.4 m), second highest dam in the United States. (Only the Oroville Dam is taller)
* Dam length: 1244 ft (379.
* Dam thickness: 660 ft (200 m) at its base; 45 ft (15 m) thick at its crest.
* Concrete: 4.36 million yd³ (3.33 million m³)
* Maximum electric power produced by the water turbines: 2.08 gigawatts
* Traffic across the dam: 13,000 to 16,000 people each day, according to the Federal Highway Administration
* Lake Mead (full pool)
o area: 157,900 acres (639 km²), backing up 110 miles (177 km) behind the dam.
o volume: 28,537,000 acre feet (35.200 km³) at an elevation of 1,221.4 feet (372.3 m) .
* With 8 to 10 million visitors each year, including visitors to Hoover Dam but not all traffic across the dam, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the fifth busiest National Park Service area.
The dam, originally planned for a location in Boulder Canyon, was relocated to Black Canyon for better impoundment, but was still known as the Boulder Dam project. Work on the project started on July 7, 1930. At the official beginning of the project on September 17, 1930, President Hoover's Secretary of the Interior Ray L. Wilbur, announced that the new dam on the Colorado River would be named Hoover Dam to honor the then President of the United States. Wilbur followed a standing tradition of naming important dams after the President who was in office when they were constructed, such as the Theodore Roosevelt Dam, the Wilson Dam, and the Coolidge Dam. Furthermore, Hoover was already campaigning for re-election in the face of the Depression and he sought credit for creating jobs.
However, in 1932, Herbert Hoover lost his bid for reelection to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In his memoirs, Hoover wrote of stopping to inspect progress on the dam, by night, on November 12, 1932, on his way back to Washington from Palo Alto after his defeat. He commented, "It does give me extraordinary pleasure to see the great dream I have so long held taking form in actual reality of stone and cement. It is now ten years since I became chairman of the Colorado River Commission.... This dam is the greatest engineering work of its character ever attempted by the hand of man." He went on to list its purposes, concluding, "I hope to be present at its final completion as a bystander. Even so I shall feel a special personal satisfaction." (Hoover adds a footnote to this, see below.)
When Roosevelt took office on March 4, 1933, he brought Harold Ickes with him to replace Ray Lyman Wilbur as Secretary of the Interior.
This did not happen immediately, but over the following several years all references to "Hoover" Dam in official sources, as well as tourist and other promotional materials, vanished in favor of "Boulder" Dam.
Roosevelt died in 1945 and Harold Ickes retired in 1946. On March 4, 1947 California Republican Congressman Jack Anderson submitted House Resolution 140 to "restore" the name Hoover Dam.
Hoover writes this footnote to his comments of November 12, 1932: "Responding to a suggestion from Hiram Johnson, and with his characteristic attitude, Secretary Ickes changed the name of the dam. The hint in the above address that I should like to be present did not secure me an invitation to the dedication ceremonies conducted by President Roosevelt.
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