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Hoover Dam in Colorado River

Hoover Dam, once known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada.Hoover Dam Aerial View
Colorado River Hoover Dam
It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. Hoover Dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93, is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas.Hoover Dam Near Las Vegas
Lake Mead Hoover Dam
Lake Mead in Colorado River
Hoover Dam in Colorado River
Hoover Dam Arizona and Nevada
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, and is located near Boulder City, Nevada, a municipality originally constructed for workers on the construction project, about 25 mi (40 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year. Boulder Canyon Dam
Boulder City Nevada Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam Facts : 

Ø  Hoover Dam is 726 ft. tall. That is 171 ft. taller than the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and twice as tall as the Luxor Casino (338 ft.) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ø  Hoover Dam is shaped like a huge curved axe head, 45 ft. wide at the top and 660 ft. thick at the bottom.
Ø  Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the USA and contains enough water to flood the entire state of New York with 1 ft. of water (26 million acre ft.).
Ø  The dam is named after America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a large role in bringing the nearby states into agreement about water allocations.

Damming the Colorado River created Lake Mead, a National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service. The lake offers boating, fishing, camping, house boating, water skiing and swimming. Hikers enjoy the stark beauty of the desert surrounding the lake. 

How To Reach : The Hoover Dam is 35 miles south of Las Vegas on U.S. 93.

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