Hoover Dam/Lake Mead, Grand Canyon

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    An engineering wonder of the world

    by csordila Updated Jan 8, 2010

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    Flying over the Hoover Dam

    I took part in a flight excursion from Las Vegas without landing at Hoover Dam.
    The Dam was built on the time of the big economic crisis, in 1930, but it is still a milestone in the story of the architecture. The dam surpassed all engineering records when the consruction works finished in 1935. This was the so far highest dam, the most expensive and largest hydroelectric plant of all time.

    Astonishing, but it was finished with two and a half years earlier and from less money, than planned. With the help of the Hoover dam became peopled the southwestern part of America, since was current and water supply already.
    In several parts of Nevada, Arizona and South California even today this 221 metres high huge construction towering above the black canyon of the Colorado River insures the current and the water.

    The busiest season for visitors is in the summer from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

    Powerplant Tour Admission Fees: U$11.00, Seniors (62+) U$9.00, Juniors (ages 4-16) U$9.00. Tickets sold until 4:15 p.m.
    Tours: Summer: first tour at 9:15am; last tour at 5:15pm. Winter: first tour at 9:15am; last tour at 4:15pm

    Directions: 50 km southeast of Las Vegas, follow US 93 (runs across the top of the dam)
    Parking near Visitor Center: U$7.00 - cash-only!

    Visitor Center: is open 9:00am to 5:00pm every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
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    Bird's View of the Canyon

    by Bregman Updated Sep 11, 2002

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    Colorado river

    Seeing the canyon from above is a spectecular vision. I flew to the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas on a light plane. The flight takes you along the Colorado river with unique views of the Hoover Dam, lake Mead and the canyon.

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    Hover dam.

    by 10110 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Hover dam.

    It is the greatest engineering projects ever accomplished. The dam prevents flooding of the Colorado River and provides water and megawatts of electricity for Las Vegas. The hydroelectric plant helps light up parts of Arizona, Nevada and southern California.

    Located: 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas on highway 93.

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    The Hoover Dam

    by blue_sky04 Written Jan 27, 2005
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    Didn't really plan to visit this dam, we were on our way back from the Grand Canyon when seeing this interesting place. So, we decided to stop and take a look.

    Located between the Arizona and Nevada states, Hoover 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.

    The story behind the building of this Hoover Dam is interesting to read. So, I suggest that you check the official website. Perhaps you pass this area someday and you have the opportunity to see it yourself.

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    Hoover Dam Pre Pat Tillman Bridge Pictures

    by machomikemd Written Nov 23, 2013
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    This will be a hoover tip with more pictures of around the Hoover dam circa 2005 and my revisit in 2011 and this is the first, with the backbround without the still not started Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    All Grand Canyon Tours whether South Rim and West Rim Tours have a photo stop here at the Hoover Dam, which is the border of Nevada and Arizona.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. 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. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

    Directions: 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

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    Hoover Dam with Pat Tillman Bridge Pictures

    by machomikemd Written Nov 23, 2013
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    This will be a hoover dam tip with more pictures of around the Hoover dam circa 2011, with the finished Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, which was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010.

    All Grand Canyon Tours whether South Rim and West Rim Tours have a photo stop here at the Hoover Dam, which is the border of Nevada and Arizona.

    Boulder Dam or HOOVER DAM, is a concrete gravity-arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada (it also acts the border between the Pacific Standard Time and Rocky Mountain Standard Time!) The dam is located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, and is named after Herbert Hoover.Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935. 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. Hoover Dam serves as a crossing for U.S. Route 93 but more than that, It is an attraction in it's own right.

    OPERATING HOURS:Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m., Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 6:00 p.m. Tickets sold until 5:15 p.m. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    ADMISSION FEES: Parking fee: $7.00 (cash only), Adults (Ages 17-61) $11.00, Seniors (62+) $9.00, Juniors (Ages 7-16) $6.00, U.S. Military and Dependents (Adults & Seniors) $9.00
    Children (Ages 0-6) Free

    Directions: 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

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    Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    by machomikemd Written Nov 23, 2013
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    If you are taking US Route 93 bypass road going to the Hoover Dam and beyond, like going to the Grand Canyon, there is a small round about road there that leads to a vista point overlooking Lake Mead.

    lake mead is a man made lake as a consequence of Making the Hoover Dam and is the largest reservoir of water in the United States and is part of the Colorado River, is located about about 30 mi (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, in the states of Nevada and Arizona and it extends for 112 miles beyond the Hoover Dam. It was named after Elwood Mead and the Lake has become one of the landmarks in visiting Southern Nevada area and in the lake, there are various things to do and water activities such as fishing, boating, sailing and other water sports.

    There are nine main access points to the lake. On the west are three roads from the Las Vegas metropolitan area (of which US route 93 is the fastest route). Access from the northwest from Interstate 15 is through Valley of Fire State Park and the Moapa River Indian Reservation to the Overton arm of the lake. Lake Mead offers many types of recreation to locals and visitors. Boating is the most popular. Additional activities include fishing, water skiing, swimming and sunbathing. There are five marinas on the lake: Forever Resorts at Callville Bay, Echo Bay, and Temple Bar Marina; and Las Vegas Boat Harbor.

    The Lake Mead Visitor Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

    Directions: Boulder City, Nevada, 89005, along US Route 93

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    Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

    by machomikemd Written Nov 23, 2013
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    The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge which is a Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, was started in 2005 and finished in in October 19, 2010. It was intended to be a bypass bridge to lessen the bottleneck at Hoover Dam going to Arizona via US Route 93 since the hoover dam has only has 2 lanes. The Bridge is an all weather, multi-lane archway type of bridge, spanning 890 feet high / 271 meters high1,060 foot span / 323 meter length. It is the second highest bridge in the United States. The bridge was officially named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tilman Memorial bridge in 2004. Mike O’Callaghan was a former Nevada Governor from 1971 to 1979 and later became an editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper. Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University graduate who left a lucrative NFL football career to join the Army in 2002. He was killed in Afghanistan from a friendly fire incident in April of 2004 at the age of 27.

    The bridge also has good vista points on viewing the Hoover dam from the pedestrian walkway in it but you would walk a long way up to a hill to be able to view it ( will have separate pictures of it)

    Directions: 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

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    THE HOOVER DAM

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    THE HOOVER DAM. You can fly over it or join a 1/2 day tour from Vegas for around US$35. If you're on the day tour you get explore the dam from the inside.

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