Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hoover Dam (Saturday 8/11)

On our back from the Grand Canyon we stopped at Hoover Dam.

Hoover Dam history: The dam's construction began in 1931 and took 5 year and 5,000 men to complete it. In 1935 when the dam was finished, 96 men had died.
The result of their work was a 726 ft. structure that pumps more than 4 billion kilowatt hours of power to Las Vegas and LA.

The Hoover Dam is a tribute to America's "think big" era and big it is weighing 6.6 millions tons and measuring 660 ft thick at its base and 1244 ft across the canyon at its crest.

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