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Hoover Dam

Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Light Traffic

The Bureau of Reclamation has conducted tours through the Hoover Dam (also known as Boulder Dam, particularly to locals) and power plant since 1937. Today, nearly 1,000,000 visitors a year take the tour, even more visit the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, some 145,000 acres created as a result of the dam.

The dam is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, a city which grew with this project.

Key Links
usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/index.html
Visiting Hoover Dam: A Traveler’s Guide (PDF)
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@usbr

Questions

  • What tours are available on site and nearby?
  • Where can one park and see the dam?
  • What do locals in Boulder City call the dam?
  • What are nearby must-dos?
  • What are relevant links elsewhere on the web?

Amazon.com
Colossus

Directions
Take US Highway 93 to Nevada State Route 172. The dam is on the Nevada-Arizona border.

Parking
There is a small charge for parking.
USBR Directions
Google Map

History
The key period of construction took five years, 1930-1935. The budget was nearly $50,000,000, the largest domestic appropriation in United States history up until that time. The dam was built during the heart of the Great Depression.

Purposes
Control the Colorado River and create electricity

Massive
Hoover Dam is more than 700 feet tall, 1200 feet across and more than 650 feet thick at its base.

Energy
Hoover Dam can produce over 2,000 megawatts of capacity and a yearly average generation of 4.5 billion kilowatt hours to serve the annual electrical needs of nearly 8 million people in Arizona, southern California, and southern Nevada. (Arizona Power Authority)

Photos
Compass

Highway 93 Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge

Hoover Dam and Power House

Hoover Dam

Elsewhere on the Web
bouldercitychamber.com
The Hoover Dam: A World Renowned Concrete Monument – David Moore (1999)
Colossus – Building the Hoover Dam@dpotash

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https://planeta.com/factory-tours

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Las Vegas’ City Parks and Nearby Natural Wonders

Las Vegas Water Tour

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