Taking a Look at the Hoover Dam

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The Hoover Dam, was known as the boulder dam works. Which means the foundation relys on gravity to keep the structure from falling down. The Hoover Dam was built from 1931 to 1936. Frank Crowe was the head director of the building. The site of Hoover Dam is visited by millions of people that annually and will continue to provide energy to many cities. Another term that people call the Hoover Dam is a concrete arch gravity dam in the black canyon in the Colorado river. It is also on the border between Arizona and Nevada. This dam was originally named and known as the boulder dam, but in 1947 it was renamed in honor of president Herbert Hoover. This dam stood up to be 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, the Hoover Dam was one of the largest man made structures in the world at that time. The Hoover Dam was built between 1931 and 1936 which at this time the great depression was at its highest peak.

The construction of the Hoover Dam took a lot of effort that had involved thousands of workers, and one hundred lives. The Hoover Dam was the most expensive engineering project in United States history at this point in time. Between the years 1931 and 1935 the cost was approximately 49 million dollars. The idea of building a dam was to provide water for Southern California .The Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover Had started a committee and set a task to help and develop a plan that will provide water from the Colorado River nearby states. As a result, in 1922 a plan had started, the Colorado River Compact, it was a plan to build a dam, which will span the waters of Colorado. President Calvin Coolidge approved the project in the year 1928. The following year, becoming president of the United States Hoov...

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... curve of concrete that loomed between the cliffs. “People were walking along the top of the dam. They were so tiny they looked like fleas”. Being so high off he ground looking into the dam can be a scary sight if your afraid of heights. So as you can see it takes a lot of courage to do what these workers have done, especially knowing that they can lose their life working on a job like this. Just recently this year they have expanded the Hoover dam bridge. The bridge is 1,900 feet long , it is the seventh highest bridge in the world. The bridge cost around 240 million dollars to build and involved 1,200 laborers and 300 engineers. As you can see The Hoover dam is used for multiple reasons and was constructed at the worst economically point in time of the United States. So if you were Herbert Hoover would you still go on with the dam being in the great depression?.

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