During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, overcoming technical challenges to erect one of the greatest engineering works in history.
When the dam was officially dedicated on September 30, 1935, the colossal project on the Southern Nevada portion of the Colorado river had been called by several different names.
Major John Wesley Powell conducted geological studies that greatly expanded understanding of the topography of the region.
After considering the concerns of all interested parties for the fair distribution of water for the seven states, Secretary Hoover drafted the Colorado River Compact.
Frank Crowe had a motto: Never my belly to a desk.
An interview with Prof. Andrew J. Dunar, who teaches history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Hoover Dam was called one of the greatest engineering works in history. 5,000 working men and their families came to live in the Nevada desert. These are men whi built the dam.
In envisioning the architectural presentation of the dam, its designers wanted to make an impression of technological supremacy. To accomplish this task they turned to Gordon Kaufmann.
The temperature at the work site would routinely soar to above 120 degrees during the summer and plummet to well below freezing in the winter.
A self-described “old curmudgeon,” Harold Ickes next turned his sights on Six Companies’ management practices at the dam.
The start of construction on Hoover in 1930 held the promise of employment for thousands of workers in the Las Vegas area.
A September 29, 1930 article in Time recounts the excitement that surrounded the project known as the Boulder Dam.
The coming together of what became Six Companies is a story of the melding of ambitions of maverick individuals, each driven by a desire to transform the emerging West.
Boulder City was essentially a government reservation, constructed under the jurisdiction of the Reclamation Service.
During the dam's construction, the job of the high scaler was by far the most dangerous.
Leading the team of surveyors within the Reclamation Bureau was a small, bespectacled man named Walker “Brig” Young.
The most dangerous phase of Hoover Dam's construction was building the diversion tunnels.
At once the story of an astonishing engineering achievement, and a cautionary tale about arrogance, our relationship to the natural world, and the price of progress.
Federal funding remained central to the economy of Las Vegas even as tens of thousands of tourists visited the city each year.