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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam - Facts

Hoover Dam, previously known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It is placed on the border between Nevada and Arizona about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

It was constructed during the Great Depression from 1931 until 1936. On September 30, 1935, the Hoover Dam was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and was named after President Herbert Hoover. The production of this dam involved thousands of workers and costed over one hundred lives.

Hoover Dam is 726.4 feet (221 meters) high from foundation rock to the roadway on the crest of the dam and 1,244 feet (379 meter) wide. In addition Hoover Dam weighs more than 6,600,000 tons.

Take a Hoover Dam Tour or other Las Vegas sightseeing tours here.

The Hoover Dam Construction

One of the main reasons the dam was built is to control the water flow in Arizona, Nevada and California. Before the construction, the Colorado River was flooded regularly and the lives of settlers in the southwestern states were affected by droughts, especially in agriculture.

Another purpose of the Hoover Dam is the production of electrical energy. The dam's generators provide power for utilities in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Drop by the Government's Visitor Center for numerous exhibits to learn about Hoover Dam’s history, how it operates, and how it was built.

Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge is an arch bridge that is almost 2,000 feet long and 900 feet above the Colorado River. The bridge basically carried U.S. Route 93 over the Colorado River, eliminating several hairpin turns and blind curves. Some objectives included minimizng traffic conjestion and pedestrian-vehicle accidents. The construction of the bridge approaches began in 2003, whereas the construction of the bridge began in February 2005. The Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge was opened to vehicle traffic and to the public on October 19, 2010.

Take a Hoover Dam sightseeing tour to learn more about Hoover Dam. Our Ultimate Hoover Dam Tour offers guests an amazing view of Hoover Dam, a stroll on the pedestrian walkway along the magnificent Hover Dame Bypass Bridge, guided walk at the top of the dam, a walk into a diversion tunnel, and complimentary lunch!