Hoover Dam

Sweeping view of the Hoover Dam complex

Hoover Dam Visitor Center Tickets

A Literal Powerhouse

The Colorado River has given people a lot of headaches. Nearing the end of the winter months, as snow began to melt, the river regularly threatened to overflow its banks, while in summer the water level was regularly insufficient to supply fields and animals with water. A dam was needed to keep the river level balanced.

First plans for a dam were proposed during the early 1900s, yet it took until 1931 for construction to begin. With the Great Depression being in full swing at the time, the massive project provided much-needed jobs to thousands of workers who flocked to the site.

Despite the challenging working conditions and dangers associated with the construction, the project was completed ahead of schedule. Hoover Dam was officially dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, marking a significant milestone in American engineering and providing a symbol of hope during a time of economic hardship.

Hoover Dam’s completion brought about numerous benefits to the region. It created Lake Mead, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, which serves as a vital reservoir for water supply, irrigation, and recreation. The dam’s hydroelectric power plants generate electricity that supplies the needs of millions of people in Nevada, Arizona, and California.

Concrete Behemoth

As you approach Hoover Dam, prepare to be awestruck by its sheer size and imposing presence. This colossal concrete dam stands at a towering height of 726 feet and stretches over 1,244 feet in length, making it an engineering masterpiece of unprecedented scale.

Damming of the Colorado River created Lake Mead, which supplies water and electricity to surrounding areas in Colorado, Arizona and also California. In addition, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a popular tourist destination.

Hoover Dam Tour From Las Vegas w/ Lunch

Get a comprehensive before-hours tour of the Hoover Dam. This tour also includes a powerplant tour, admission to the Visitor Center exhibits and observation deck, as well as a freshly-cooked hot lunch!

Hoover Dam Access Rd, Boulder City, NV 89005, United States

Quick facts

  • The dam is named after President Herbert Hoover

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