Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than 5 years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, more than 60 years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
Traffic into Hoover Dam was TERRIBLE. Not only was it the day after the 4th of July and everyone was leaving Vegas, but there were Securiity checkpoints inspecting each car before it went over the dam.
Once at the dam though we took a very informative tour that took us deep into the dam to see the power generators. Unbelievable that they built that thing out in the desert in four years.