Hoover Dam – Video

                                        Facts about Hoover Dam

It was once known as Boulder Dam. The dam’s name was a source of controversy. Nobody really wanted to name the dam after Herbert Hoover and he was not even invited to the dam’s dedication.

The structure did not take its name until 1947. It is a concrete arch gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Formed by the damning of the Colorado River, Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, covers about 248 square miles and is capable of holding around 9750000 gallons of water.

In the early 1930s, Boulder City, Nevada, sprang up to house 5,000 dam project workers. The city was situated on federally owned land and had no elected officials.


Quick facts about Hoover Dam: –

  • No one was buried alive in the concrete while building the dam.
  • It was the most expensive engineering project in US history at the time of its construction.
  • During World War II, the dam was a target of a German bomb plot.
  • The dam contains enough concrete to stretch across the country.
  • The world’s largest cooler was used to cool all the concrete used in building the dam.
  • It helps to power three states.
  • America’s second highest bridge now reroutes traffic from the top of the dam.