Built during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. One of the seven engineering wonders of the United States, the dam is just under a three hour drive from our home.
The dam is open every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm. The Visitor’s Center features exhibitions on the building of the dam as well as access to the observation deck and 1940’s era Original Exhibit Building presentation. If available, we suggest you buy tickets to go on the Hoover Dam Guided Tour. The tickets are first come, first served, and the tour is not recommended for people who are claustrophobic or have pacemakers.
The Dam is full of interesting history and is really a breathtaking human construction. Workers completed building of the dam over five years. During this time, the Colorado river was diverted so that the workers could build the dam from the riverbed up.
Workers called “high scalers” would repel down into the sides of the canyon and place explosives to stabilize the canyon walls from loose rock and debris. Officially 96 men died while building the dam, but many historians believe these numbers are low. Tour guides during the Tour will take you through all of the history of the dam as well as its use today as a major power producer for the west.