We visited the Hoover Dam. It is HUGE!. It is amazing to see that it is still intact after the number of movies in which it was destroyed.
Sorry, Matt but I could not find the Transformers.
From the new bridge, we were able to get a very good view of the downstream side.
It is amazing that this dam was built in less than 5 years. Two years ahead of schedule.
No way it could be built today at all and if it were it would take 25 years minimum to finish. (If ever)
A few facts about the dam:
Hoover Dam is 726 feet high, 650 feet thick at the bottom, 45 feet thick at the top,
and 1,244 feet long.
Boulder City was created for the construction workers.
Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the country.
A total of 4.36 million cubic yards of concrete was used in all of the construction.
That would be enough concrete to build a road long enough to cross the entire country.
Sadly at least 100 people died in the construction.
The water level of lake Mead is very low right now. The last time the lake was full was 1983. It is currently at almost the lowest level ever.
Most of the water that is released is used for the water supply for about 25 million people in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
It was amazing!
We are a couple who have started on a new adventure...