Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon, located on the borders of Nevada and Arizona is still one of the most intriguing and amazing structures that I have ever had the chance to visit. I am not an engineer like my husband but even I have to marvel at the strength and purpose of this huge concrete structure.
There are have been a lot of articles and posts written about this structure over the years since it was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Before Hoover Dam was built in the 1800’s and 1900’s flooding often occurred in low lying areas as the Colorado River coursed through the landscape. Often after the flooding which was caused by extra water from melting snow was followed by too dry conditions. Something had to be done to help distribute the water a bit more evenly and the eventual solution was the construction of the greatest dam of its day.
The Hoover Dam (originally known as The Boulder Dam) is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the states of Nevada and Arizona. There are many places to find information about the dam and area online as well as the information that you can obtain when you visit the actual site. Today I will share some fun facts about the dam for your reading pleasure. (My sources are the US Bureau of Reclamation and Mental Floss)
The concrete needed to be cooled and while it normally would have taken years to cool the massive amount ordinarily – engineers created a supersized fridge system that allowed a thousand tons of ice daily to cool the structure.
In 1939 the US Government discovered a scheme by 2 Nazi agents who had a plan to blow up the dam. The goal to destroy the dam was primarily to hinder the electrical production which in turn would cripple the aviation manufacturing industry in California. Authorities even considered options of camouflaging the dam with a paint job or building a fake dam on another section to deter further plots. The Germans even got to the point of doing on site investigative work before they were discovered.
When operating at full power, the 17 generators can supply all the electricity needed by a city of 750,000 people.Hope you enjoyed your short trip to Hoover Dam today and learned something new. Feel free to leave a comment — all comments go to support our May Comments for a Cause SAFE, Inc.