Hoover Dam tour


           One of the tourist attractions I visited was the Hoover Dam.  We toured by motor coach  bus and was given 20 minutes to explore and take pictures of this spectacular all time achievement of man but were not able to descend to the power plant.

500 foot descent on this elevator for an up-close look at the power plant generators housed at the base of the dam.

The winged figures made of bronze ,  30 feet tall, stand on the Nevada side of the dam, rest on a black marble star chart that represents the star’s position on the day the dam was dedicated on September 30, 1935.  Legends has it that rubbing their toes brings good luck. Well, even if I was not able to rub their toes, I am still very lucky.  🙂

 This clock shows Arizona time.

 This clock shows Nevada time.

    

         A concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada is a major tourist destination that attracts nearly a million of tourists a year is the Hoover Dam, once known as the Boulder Dam.

 

         

        Hoover Dam is named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States (1929-1933).  He was a professional mining engineer who promoted the dam and played an instrumental role in its construction.

Lake Mead, the largest man-made reservoir.

The Hoover Dam bypass was created to reduce the congestion of traffic, protect dam facilities, Lake Mead and Colorado river from hazardous spill.  It also protects the dam and power plant facilities interruptions in electricity and water delivery.

                 

According to the bus driver cum tour guide, since the construction of the dam, this equipment has been in service up to this day.

Fun fact:

The lowest wage for a Hoover Dam worker was 50 cents an hour. The highest, $1.25.

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