Out in the middle of no where, an hour drive away from Las Vegas rises one of the biggest dams and power plants. Built in the heart of the depression, Hoover Dam is more than just a water barrier. It became one of the driving forces behind the creation of Las Vegas and major sources of hydro-power for Los Angeles and its surroundings.
Whether I admire this giant structure on top of it or on the bridge across it, I am deeply impressed by this mankind engineering achievements. Upon learning its towering height and power output capability, it is almost inconceivable that the technology required to build such a structure would have been around in the 1930’s.
It is almost as impressive as the Grand Canyon. Look at the concrete, imagine it was poured into the walls of Hoover Dam by the sweat and blood of thousands of Americans who came to this desert with a dream of saving their families in the 1930’s.
Hoover Dam, with Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge shadows over
Penstock tower, Nevada side, Hoover Dam
Penstock tower, Arizona side, Hoover Dam
Sunset at Lake Mead, Hoover Dam