Visiting The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead in Nevada
Hoover Dam’s measurements are mind blowing, especially for the early 1930s. Workers used 4,360,000 cubic yards of pure concrete in its construction, making the dam the first edifice to contain more masonry than Egypt’s Great Pyramids. The dam itself now ranks in as the 18th highest dam in the world, standing 726.4 feet tall and measuring 1,244 feet wide at the top of the structure. The dam weighs an estimated 6.6 million tons!
Before the construction of the dam, the Colorado River often breeched its banks and flooded nearby towns and fields. It was to this purpose that the Hoover Dam and Boulder Canyon project was conceived. With the completion of this project, the destructive nature of this river gave way to a constructive one and its power was harnessed for the good of the residents of Southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. The 17 generators of the Dam could produce about 2000 megawatts of electricity.
The Boulder Canyon Project also led to the creation of one of the most loved tourist destination- the lovely body of water, Lake Mead. The lake occupies an astounding 146,000 acres and is visited by thousands each year. The warm Sun gives the area a serene look and it is very near the Sin City itself, Las Vegas.
Those of you interested to visit the Hoover Dam, should first take a behind the scenes tour of the Dam by checking out the visitor’s center that is a sea of interactive information about the building and purpose of the dam. For the walk-“a-holics”, it is advisable to take your best walking shoes as you would go the very summit of the dam.