Takes a big dam structure to hold back the largest reservoir in the United States
It all started with a conversation. “Would you rather…use 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete to (1) pave a 16-foot-wide highway from San Fransisco to New York City, or (2) build the largest concrete sturcture in the world to create the biggest reservoir in the United States of America? Well, pull out your swimming trunks boys cause we’re building a dam. Okay, the story might be (read: is definitely) fake, but the stats are the real deal. The Hoover Dam holds back the water supply for nearly 20 million people across the states of Nevada, California, and Arizona. Additionally, with its 759 miles of shoreline, Lake Mead provides recreation opportunities to countless more individuals from a much wider swath of humanity.
Quick Facts about the Hoover Dam:
– Length = 1,244 feet long
– Height = 726 feet high
– Thickness = 660 feet thick
– Constructed between 1931 and 1936
– Original name was Boulder Dam
– Renamed Hoover Dam in 1947 by joint resolution of congress
Hoover Dam Tours:
Three different tours are available to fully immerse yourself in the dam experience. Be aware of the difference between tours of the powerplant and passageways, and those that only include the powerplant. The commonality between the three tours is admission into the Hoover Dam Visitor Center.
Hoover Dam is located on the Arizona-Nevada border just 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
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