Hoover Dam, taken from Arizona toward Nevada… half way across the dam. This image taken October, 2007.
The Boulder Dam dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Hoover Dam.
At a cost of $108 million (or $1.7 billion in today’s dollars) the Hoover Dam was a mammoth construction project. Some 6 million cubic yards of rock were dug up and 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete poured, requiring 10,000 workers, 112 of whom are thought to have died in the process.
The dams builders placed a poky, two-lane road along the top, not knowing it would becaome a major thoroughfare: the Colorado River crossing, for U.S. 93, a popular route between the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas and a major commercial route linking Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. Over 14,000 vehicles cross it each day. Traffic bottlenecks have existed since the 1960’s.
The traffic situation markedly improved in September of 2010, a 75th birthday present to the dam, with the opening of the 1060 foot long arch of the Hoover Dam By-Pass roadway.
Soruce: Bureau of Reclamation; “The Birth of a Modern Marvel” by Stephen Fried, Parade – 10.17.2010
Nikon D80, Nikkor AF-S ED DX 18-200mm VR lens.