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    Its systamatic :-)

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Generators

    The dam is self financing through the sale of hydroelectric power generated here and services a huge population including Nevada, California and Arizona. Profits made from the sale of the electricity enable the upkeep of the dam.

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    The depression

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Scaling the rocks

    When the construction work started on the dam it was in the depression when many people were out of work and although dangerous work many wanted to work here.
    Wages on average were 62 cents an hour and although that may seem low it was in actual fact more than double what some workers elsewhere were receiving.

    The photogaph is of a sculpture by Steven Liguori erected in 2000 of how men had to scale up and down the rock walls.

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    President Hoover

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Plaque for President Hoover

    Hoover Dam is named after Herbert Hoover who was the 31st President of the United States. It was officially named the Hoover Dam in 1947 by Congress.
    It has however been called the Boulder Dam after the town where the men who constructed this dam lived.

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    Intake Towers

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Intake Tower & Nevada Time

    There are four of these towers two on each side of the dam. These control the flow of water for the power plant turbines. The flow is regulation by gates which are under the water.
    These towers are 395 high!!! which is amazing as they certainly dont look it, it shows how deep down in the water they must go.

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    Information

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a tourist information office. You go down the escalator just along from the multi storey car park. This is where you buy your tour tickets. As we were there in December there were not any queues but apparently you can wait a long time in busy periods.
    It is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Opening times are from 9.00am - 6.00pm.
    Last ticket sold is at 5.15pm although this wouldnt really give you sufficient time.
    Drinks and food are not allowed on the dam tour although you can have plastic bottles of water.
    There is a cafe and a shop selling souvenirs.

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    Hoover Dam

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hoover Dam

    The Colarado River supplied various states with water along the way. However during the spring and early summer because of the melting snow in the mountains the river would rise causing low lying farms and lowlands to become flooded.

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    Colorado River Compact

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hoover Dam & Lake Mead

    In 1922 the 7 states that the river served form an organisation called the Colorado River Compact and it was agreed to divide the river basin into an upper and lower half. This then led to several storage dams to retain this vitally important comidity.

    In 1928 Congress passed the Boulder Canyon Project Act and the construction of the Hoover Dam.

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    Building starts.......

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Construction began in 1931 and finished in 1935, actually 2 years ahead of schedule and also below budget! Thats a rare occurence these days.

    Unfortunately as with such a major construction many lives were lost. These were due to various things, heat exhaustion being a main factor, but also falls, falling rocks and explosions.

    This plaque below the American flag says
    "It is fitting that the flag of our country should fly here in honor of those men who, inspired by a vision of lonely lands made fruitful, conceived this great work and that others who genius and labor made that vision a reality.

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    Loss of life

    by bugalugs Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Memorial

    There was approximately just over 100 lives lost in the construction of this dam.
    On 20th December 1922 one of the very first deaths, although construction hadnt actually started, but J Tierney was on a barge doing a geological survey when he fell off and drowned.
    The last fatality on the actual construction of the dam was also on 20th December but in the year 1935 when Patrick Tierney fell to his death from a tower. He was the son of J Tierney and died on the exact same date yet 13 years apart.

    This monument is a memorial to those who lost their lives.

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    Hoover Dam

    by vichatherly Updated Feb 10, 2011
    Bronze high scaler statue, Hoover Dam
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    We drove to the Hoover Dam on our way from Death Valley to the Grand Canyon.

    Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives.

    We parked in the car park, which I thought was expensive, but didn't really have the time or inclination to pay the extra to visit the visitor centre.

    We just enjoyed stretching our legs and walking around the dam itself. There are some interesting sculptures and art deco features. You can walk across from Nevada to Arizona, each of which have a clock so that you can check the time.

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    Modern Civil Engineering Marker

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2010

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    It reads:

    A Modern Civil Engineering Wonder of The United States
    One of Seven Selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers
    ~1955~
    ----Nevada - Arizona---->

    Such a beautiful view of the water from Lake Mead

    Hours of Operation:
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.

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    High Scaler Statue

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    In 1998, Steven Liguori and Bert Hansen discussed the construction of a High Scaler monument dedicated to the builders of Hoover Dam. The undertaking of such a project seemed impossible. However, the blind vendors who participate in the Nevada State Business Enterprise Program (BEP) felt their sponsorship of this project would be a great opportunity to pay tribute to those men, and at the same time, express their gratitude for the years of involvement at Hoover Dam through concessions at the Arizona Lookout, Hoover Dam Spillway House (formerly Snacketeria), Hoover Dam Store, and High Scaler Cafe.http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/History/essays/artwork.html

    If you really look at this wonderful sculpture you will notice how the sculptist tried to keep it almost real. Although, this was considered one of the glamorous jobs, it was one of the most dangerous jobs. It paid a lot of money back in its day, yet the danger was always there. If you really look at the sculpture you may notice how crude the robes are and not a lot of safety was put into the seat. Also, how tattered his shirt is. Yet, he has a smile on his face probably because he is working and this helps his family get by no matter what he has to do.

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    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.

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    Nobody's Dog and Everybody's Dog

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    This monument is located not far from the High Scaler Cafe and gift shop. It is the resting place of Hoover Dams only beloved mascot. This furry black lab mix dog was born under one of the construction site offices and was soon loved and adopted by everyone. There is a wonderful story and picture of him on the web site below. One thing I notice on the plaque is there is no mention of his name. Hmm, so I wanted to know and the web site states his name. I will not state it here as not to insult anyone, although it was his name and no sugar coating it. (Hoover Dam site says its Blackie). During the 70's someone found it offense and racial. So they removed the original plaque and made him nameless to those who visit.

    What is touching is the dam workers actually jack hammered into the rock and laid him to rest near the dam so everyone could still feel he was part of the dam forever. He was killed by a truck that rolled over him, since was sleeping underneath it. He didn't hear the truck start up since he was probably loosing his hearing. It was a sad and quiet day of his passing. Workers actually wept as they carved out his tomb. This wonderful dog even had a bank account since workers would leave him money to take care of him.

    What was so sweet about him is he would greet everyone and they in turn made sure he was loved and fed. He would ride in just about anything riding from the large employee transports,government buses, the trains that delivered materials to the site, and skips up the front of the dam. The construction superintendent often gave him rides up out of the canyon in his big Buick, and someones big black Cadillac. So when and if you visit the dam, please visit "Nobody's Dog and Everyones Dog"!

    Hours of Operation:
    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.

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    Hoover Dam Visitor Center Balcony

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    It well worth getting a Visitor Center ticket if you do not do the tour. You have access to a wonderful exhibit and the balcony area where you have a very uncrowded view of the Hoover Dam and a great place to get a good photo of the “Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge”.

    Hours of Operation:
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.

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    Hoover Dam Tour #2 Power Plant

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    If you purchase the Visitor Center and Power Plant Tour, you will get to see some really neat aspects of the dam. You get to see a 10 minute film about the building of the dam. Then you get see a really neat view from the elevator area. You then have to get in a freight size elevator (pack you in) and then you take a 70-second elevator ride takes you 530 feet down through the rock wall of Black Canyon to begin a wonderful 30-minute guided tour. You'll exit the elevator into a tunnel drilled in the 1930s for construction, and take a short walk to the Penstock Viewing Platform.

    Penstock Viewing: This location is atop one (of four) of the huge 30-foot-diameter pipes that can transport nearly 90,000 gallons of water each second from Lake Mead to the dam's hydroelectric generators. An animated display helps describe the complexities of the construction of the dam, and how it presently operates. http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/PowerplantTour.html

    Powerplant Generators: A quick elevator ride up to the Nevada powerplant balcony takes you to a panoramic view of the 650-foot-long Nevada wing of the powerplant and eight of the dam's 17 huge generators. Also, don't miss the beautiful and intricate terrazzo floor designs (that cost $60,000 to make, today it would be worth over a million)under your feet. A great spot for pictures! http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/PowerplantTour.html

    Hours of Operation:
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.

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