Hoover Dam, Nevada

When Hoover Dam was built in the 1930’s, it was the highest dam ever built, the costliest water project ever, and home of the largest power plant in the world. Hoover Dam is 726.4 feet from foundation rock to the roadway on its crest. It weighs more than 6,600,000 tons, and contains three and one-quarter million cubic yards of concrete.Hover Dam The maximum water pressure at the base of the dam is 45,000 pounds per square foot. Lake Mead, created by the waters of the Colorado River behind the dam, is 580 feet deep and 120 miles long. Hoover Dam was built during the Depression by thousands of men working in a dry and harsh country, and it still took less than five years. The project was the initiative of Herbert Hoover during his tenure as Secretary of Commerce in the 1920’s. Construction began under President Hoover. Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and a wonder of the world.

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Links: Hoover Dam (BLM Web Site)

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