The Hoover Dam: A Feat of Engineering

November 12, 2015

The Hoover Dam may be more than 80 years old, but it remains one of the world’s truly transformative energy projects.

First, there is the dam’s scale. Made up of 45 million pounds of reinforced steel and 4.4 million cubic yards (3.4 million cubic meters) of concrete, Hoover Dam holds back the waters of Lake Mead, one of the country’s largest reservoirs. Then there are the turbines, which can generate enough power to supply electricity to 1.3 million residents across Nevada, Arizona, and California.

From its inception, the Hoover Dam has also been an economic game-changer. Built during the Great Depression, the construction of this massive concrete arch provided thousands of badly needed jobs. Between 1931 and early 1936 the dam employed 16,000 people. 

The Past Comes To Life

Take a look at the Hoover Dam being built.



 

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