On September 11th 1936, Boulder Dam in Nevada was dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt by turning on the dam’s first hydroelectric generator. The dam was renamed later as Hoover Dam.
The dam is named after America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a large role in bringing the nearby states into agreement about water allocations, settling a 25-year controversy. The dam has been called Boulder Canyon Dam as well as Boulder Dam, but Hoover Dam was reinstated as the official name by Congress in 1947.
A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities. Operation and maintenance of the facility are solely supported by revenue from power sales.
Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam continues to draw crowds more than 70 years after its creation.
Attracting more than a million visitors a year, Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, just minutes outside of Las Vegas.
Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, Liberty Treehouse, presents to you a short history of how the Hoover Dam got started.
No one was hurt during the construction of the dam; About 16,000 men and women worked on the project, it’s not possible for anyone to have been buried in the dam because of the manner in which the concrete was poured. The concrete was lowered to each section and when deposited would only raise the level a few inches. The workers would then tamp down the concrete to remove air bubbles. This made it impossible for anyone to accidentally get swallowed up in the concrete or to be covered up accidentally.
The Hoover Dam is made of enough concrete to make a two lane highway from New York to San Francisco, that’s around 4000 miles (2500 kilometres).
The Hoover Dam has figured in a few motion pictures. The most prominent appearance was in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” in which the dam is a potential target for the titular terrorists.
Miniatures were used to create the effect of Hoover Dam being destroyed in the movie “Superman.” According to interviews in an article published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bureau of Reclamation officials require that such movies not show the dam as having any kind of potential danger to human beings.
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