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    Boulder City

    by machomikemd Written Nov 15, 2013

    Favorite thing: Boulder City is the Gateway to lake mead and the hoover dam, US Route 93 passes by here going to Arizona and although the City itself is small, it has some attractions and is just one of the two areas of the whole of Nevada where gambling is prohibited. Boulder city was voted as one of the 25 cities all around the United States to live hance there is a number of retirees in the city from all around the United States. The city was originally constructed to provide housing for the workers of the Hoover Dam in 1932. At that time, alcohol, gambling, and the formation of unions were all strictly prohibited. To this day gambling was never made legal in Boulder City, so if you want to take a break from gambling away your money in Vegas, take a relaxing trip to this refreshing city and just hang around and enjoy.

    Boulder City, Nevada, 89005, Along US Route 93 going to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.

    Website: http://www.bouldercity.com/

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    Elks Memorial to President Hoover of the past~

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Something that caught my eye while exploring the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was this structure in the distance just below the power line towers. Being so curious I took some photographs and contacted the Boulder City Historical Society and they graciously had experience eyes look at my photo's and the consensus was it was the abandon memorial. I don't think they realized the base of it was still there.

    From their lovely web site: On February 22, 1932, more than 800 Elks Club members from throughout the West trekked down to Black Canyon to dedicate a flagpole on a promontory overlooking the dam construction site. The event was intended to honor the 200th birthday of George Washington, but it also served to physically attach President Herbert Hoover's name to the project for the first time. On the concrete base of the flagpole were set several copper plaques, including one with an inscription written by Hoover which read, "Here man builds his vision into stone that generations to come may be blessed!" and included his signature.http://www.bcmha.org/history.html

    Sadly the memorial was decommissioned with the removal of the flag pole and plaques, so only the base remains.

    The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

    (702) 494-2517
    Hoover Dam

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    World War II Bunker

    by Yaqui Written Dec 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Built in 1942 during World War II after the attach of Pearl Harbor to protect the dam since it was considered a military target due to its electric power it created. This bunker or pill box is located on the Arizona side was manned 24/7 by the military police and it consist of six gun ports, 25 feet long, constructed of steel and concrete and covered with indigenous rock to serve as camouflage. It was abandon for over 40 years, but since 9/11 it might be back in service. It recommended to stay away from it.

    Hours of Operation of Boulder Dam:
    
Note: All times are for the Pacific Time Zone.
    Parking Garage: Open 8:00 a.m. -- Close 4:45 p.m. Parking fee: $7.00
    Visitor Center: Open 9:00 a.m. -- Close 5:00 p.m.
    Tours: Summer: first tour is at 9:15 a.m.; last ticket sold at 5:15 p.m. 
Winter: first tour is at 9:15 a.m.; last ticket sold at 4:15 p.m.
(NOTE: We are presently operating under the Winter hours schedule.)
    The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas days

    The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

    (702) 494-2517
    Hoover Dam

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    Restrooms:)

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Restroom location is essential especially if you have children. There are two located right on the dam. Its funny the Women Restroom is located on the Arizona side in the first pillar and the far right pillar on the Nevada side is the Mens Restroom, yet these are not (disable friendly), you have to walk up stairs in the pillars.

    There are more restrooms in the Exhibit Hall next to the Spillway Building. More are located within the Visitor Center and more located in the High Scaler Cafe'. No restrooms are located in the parking areas, I suggested to them to put at least portable ones since its a long walk to these locations.

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    Twin Intake Towers

    by Yaqui Written Jun 28, 2009

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    Favorite thing: These beautiful towers of Art Deco design were designed by Kaufmann are not just decoration. These towers help regulate the supply of water for that is required for powerplant turbines. They are 82-foot (25-m) diameter base, and a 63-foot, three-inch (19.2-m, 7.6-cm) diameter on the top. Each of the four towers reaches as high as 395 feet (120.4 m) and consists of 93,674 cubic yards (71,619 m3) of concrete and 15,299,604 pounds (6.9 million kg) of steel.

    Hoover Dam

    The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

    (702) 494-2517
    (866) 730-9097

    2010 1985 1985 2010 2010
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    Interesting fact about the naming of the dam

    by Yaqui Written Jun 28, 2009

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    Favorite thing: There was obviously some friction between Roosevelt or Harold Ickes and then President Hoover. When Ickes replaced then Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman he removed Hoovers name completely off the project and wanted to call it the Boulder Canyon Project. Luckily, Congress has the only say, so after Roosevelt died in 1945 and Ickes retired in 1946 Congress restored the name to be called Hoover Dam 1947 and it was signed in by Harry S. Truman.

    Hoover Dam

    The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border.

    (702) 494-2517
    (866) 730-9097

    1985 1985
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    Diverted

    by SteveOSF Written Aug 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: In order to construct the dam, the massive flow of the Colorado River had to be diverted away from the construction site. Two large tunnels, one on each side of the river, were carved through the adjacent cliffs. Once complete, the Colorado flowed though them to allow for construction. The tour will take you inside one of the tunnels.

    Diversion Tunnel
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    HISTORY OF THE DAM

    by BerniShand Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Before the construction of the dam the Colorado River frequently flooded farms and towns along its route when the winter snow from the Rocky Mountains, where it originates, melted
    after several years of discussion the authourisation to build a dam was granted in 1928 and in 1931 contruction of the Hoover Dam began. Amazingly construction took only 4 years, 2 years ahead of schedule. the project cost $165 million, this has long since been recouped by the sale of the electricity it generates. In 1936 the first generator at the power plant began generating electricity, there are now 17 generators the last of which has been operating since 1961 and the hydro-electric plant now generates 4 billion kilowatt hours per year
    When you look at the architecture of the dam it is obvious that it could only have been built in its era, the Art Deco styling is very strong and makes the dam a stunning style icon and the dam has featured heavily in many films, TV programmes and advertisments

    The dams construction methods were very innovative and laid the foundation to enable other larger building projects to be undertaken. In 1999 it was names as the 5th in a comprehensive list of 20th century construction achievements

    the dam had a bit of an identity crisis for several years, it has been called both the Boulder dam and the Hoover dam, but the name Hoover dam was fixed in 1947

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    THE HOOVER DAM TOUR INFO

    by BerniShand Updated May 28, 2006

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    Favorite thing: A by-pass road for the Hoover Dam is currently under construction, until it opens be prepared for long delays to visit or cross the dam

    there is a large multi storey car park at the site [charges $7 open 8am to 6pm], below which is public facilities, cafe and gift shop, follow the signs across the road to the entrance for the dam tour. We visited on a Tuesday and still had to queue for a considerable time, I imagine weekends and public holidays are even busier, more than one million people visit the dam each year and some days over 5,000 people pass through on the tour

    the Dam tours run fron 9am to 6pm, last time for entrance is 5.15pm

    PRICES

    Adults [17-61]..............................$11
    Seniors [62+]...............................$9
    Juniors [7-16]..............................$6
    Children [0-6]..............................free

    the Dam tours run every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving

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    Boulder City, Nevada

    by crummey Written Feb 24, 2006

    Favorite thing: Boulder City is the oldest and most established city in Nevada. Boulder City was created to house the workers who built the Hoover dam in the 1930's. Boulder City was here before almost anything else and it is the only city in Nevada where gambling is not allowed.

    I arrived at Boulder City as a "supervisor"; It says so on my visa. I finally made it!!; with a nice hotel room at the eEL RANCHO BOULDER with a swimming pool and 3 squares a day and all the day labourers that I can fire: The American Dream!!!!!!

    Boulder City is yuppieville personified with multi million dollar houses, every imaginable kind of restaurant, lotsa neon and even more police. the police checked us out a couple of times in the first few days...ran out plates and stuff. Now that they know who we are they smile and wave...if they even acknowledge out presence.

    Boulder City is real close to Las Vegas and we can see the smog rolling down the valley from Vegas in big sheets. At night, Las Vegas is like neon moss carpeting the desert. It is tall and wide and sprawling in all directions. With huge neon buildings in the middle; all casinos. And surrounded by strip joints and motor inns and fast food restaurants and liquor stores and expensive subdivisions and trailer parks all radiating out in concentric circles.

    I am definately not an expert on the american southwest. However, I have garnered some opinions. For example, I thought it queer that the Stanley Cup playoffs only made it to page c10 of the paper. And then it was only a brief article.

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    Mayberry of Nevada

    by TinKan Written Nov 28, 2005

    Favorite thing: Boulder City is still one of the nicest towns in Nevada. They were smart way back in the 50s and 60s when they established rules as to how big the city could be and how many people could live in the area. To this day you will not see very many big buildings nor will you see the crime that comes with over population.

    Fondest memory: For a feel of the little Mayberry of Nevada you must make a trip to Boulder City.

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    Impressive Hoover Dam

    by meteorologist1 Written Jun 21, 2005

    Fondest memory: Hoover Dam was impressive, given its location in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The surrounding harsh climate of the desert and the dam's tall structure give you the impression of the hard labor, pain, and suffering that went into the construction of the dam.

    Hoover Dam
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    The Desert Bloomed This Spring

    by mcpangie Updated Apr 21, 2005

    Favorite thing: Because of all the rains in southern CA, I noticed the desert was greener than ever this spring in Boulder City. My grandmother used to say she'd only seen one big bloom like that, in the 70's some time. There are flowers every year, but not like this year.

    Pretty Flowers
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    Blue skies and Mars like terrain

    by janika Updated Apr 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The upper part of the dam has two huge intake tower that swallows the water down to the turbines. If you drive there, you can park at both sides of the dam and most of the time the traffic is slow due to a lot of visitors. I highly recommend you to park at the other side of the dam (Arizona) and walk back to the Nevada side. This way you can see many things you normally can not see from the car.

    No stopping at the middle wile you drive. They also sell good icecream near by the main parking lot and you can buy souvenirs and other refreshments.

    Fondest memory: My best memory of Boulder City is the size and it's Mars like terrain. We live in Canada and not used to terrain with no trees and flowers or green land. It is very interesting and maybe frightning for some folks who visit the first time. Don't forget it's still the desert! You can find out a lot of info from this really useful Web site. See link below: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/

    The two towers
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    In it's prime, the largest dam in the world.

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 16, 2002

    Favorite thing: The Hoover Dam is truely a technical miracle and in it's earliest days the largest dam in the world. Boulder City came into excistance purely as town for workers on the dam and their families. A great project that thus not only created a powerplant, but also a town that found later other means of excistance. With the dam the lake filled and created the enormous Lake Mead resort-area.

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