Changing the force of a mighty river: The Hoover Dam

As we crossed over the Arizona border into Nevada, we had to stop and see one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century: the Hoover Dam. The Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, stradling the Arizona/Nevada border. You can see from the photo below that construction of the dam happened between 1931 and 1935 during the Great Depression.

The Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. it has something like 17 generators that produce 4 BILLION kilowatts of electricity/year. The operating/maintenance budgets are supported only by revenue from the hydroelectric power sales.

Thousands of workers created this dam, but sadly, about 100 people died during construction.

I thought one of the coolest things about the Hoover Dam was that you could walk (or drive for that matter) from Nevada to Arizona and back  after crossing the 1,900-foot-long bridge.

Below you can see the Nevada water tower….

a couple minutes later we saw the Arizona water tower. Fun fact about Arizona: they don’t change time zones. Ever. So currently Nevada and Arizona are on the same time zone, but when the rest of the country changes between daylight savings and regular time, Arizona will stay the same.

Finally, the last really cool thing here was seeing Lake Mead from the Dam. Lake Mead is the largest man-made reservoir in the USA and can hold up to 9.2 trillion gallons of water. You can see that it’s also a popular recreation area, as evidenced by the boats just floating calmly at the docks on the left.

I know I’m such an engineering/science nerd, but isn’t this place fantastic??

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One thought on “Changing the force of a mighty river: The Hoover Dam

  1. anon says:

    Great post.

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