My wife and I stopped at the Hoover Dam on our way from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas. My wife had never been there so we thought it might be fun. We did not see Chevy Chase climbing the damn this time around. Probably with the added security. The first time I was there I was I think a sophomore or junior in high school and security was pretty lax back then. That was of course before 9/11 and before terrorizim was major credible threat.
Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. The Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. (Hoover Damn Website) The making of the dam put many people to work during the depression. People came from all over to work dangerous jobs to support their families. In fact many people brought there families here to live during the construction. The workers of the damn made their own tent city about 6 miles away to be close to the damn. The dam it self is an engineering marvel for its time considering the technology at hand. It’s amazing that it is still working today. To think that in a matter of 15 -18 years it will be 100 years old. I have seen different sources say different things about the number of people that died while making the damn.
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