One of the greatest engineering achievements in human history, Hoover Dam continues to draw crowds 80 years after its creation. Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam continues to draw crowds 80 years after its creation. Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, just minutes outside of Las Vegas. On April 20, 1931, construction began on the Hoover Dam with construnction being completed on March 1, 1936. The dam is named after America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a large role in bringing the nearby states into agreement about water allocations, settling a 25-year controversy.
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A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it’s also one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities. Operation and maintenance of the facility are solely supported by revenue from power sales.
Completed in October 2010, the Mike O’ Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge offers spectacular views that were once only available by helicopter. Visitors have access to drive across the bridge and see the dam from a high vantage point. Located about 1,500 feet south of the Hoover Dam, the walkway on the bridge is approximately 900 feet above the Colorado River. One neat fact is that visitors can go from Nevada to Arizona after crossing the 1,900-foot-long bridge. There are plenty of informative placards before and during the bridge walk.
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