Day 195 - The Massive Hoover Dam
Trip Start May 01, 2013
186Trip End May 01, 2014
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When you come around the first corner that gives you a glimpse of this massive structure, you are a little awe struck that they were able to build this size structure back in the 1920's. This dam was needed to control the ebb and flow of the Colorado River back in the late 1800's. Often the river would flood in the Spring devastating the farmlands and then in the Fall it would dry up to a trickle. Something had to be done so that the water supply to these dry parched towns could thrive. Before anything could be built, they had to divide the water evenly between the 7 states that the river served
It took until 1928 for Congress to pass the Boulder Canyon Project Act authorizing construction of Hoover Dam. Volume of Concrete used was 3.25 million cubic yards!!
And, not until 1931, did the construction begin. The last of the concrete was poured in 1935.
AND, imagine this - the company responsible for the construction (Six Companies, Inc.) came in ahead of schedule by 2 years, and (wait for it...) under budget. Imagine that today! HA! AND, it was advocated that Hoover Dam be self-supporting, financed entirely through the sale of hydroelectric power generated at the dam. TO THIS DAY, the operation and maintenance of this facility continue to be solely supported with revenues from power sales. The cost of the B. C. Project was $165 million and this cost has been repaid, WITH INTEREST, to the Federal Treasury through the sale of Hoover Dam power. Can we not learn from this???????? Please???????
Hoover Dam is still considered a major feat of engineering and is a National Historic Landmark; a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders
President Hoover dedicated the dam in 1935. The first of the generators began operation in October of that same year. The 17th and final generator went into commercial operation in 1961.
I wish I could remember the amazing volume of water that flows through the generators in seconds and minutes. It's massive! The water level is down 65' and the area only gets 4 inches of rain a year, so they are extremely worried that within our children's/grandchildren's lifetime, the dam will have no water to draw from and it would cause a major disaster for this part of the Country that is served by this dam.
Now, there is your history lesson!!
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