No trip to Vegas is complete without seeing the Hoover Dam....just 30 miles southeast through Boulder City.
The Bureau of Reclamation (nope, cant use your senior pass here) has conducted tours through the Hoover Dam and powerplant since 1937.
Today close to 1,000,000 visitors a year take the tour.
As many as 20,000 vehicles drive across the dam between Navada and Arizona everyday.
The Hoover Dam can store up 2 years "average" flow from the Colorado River. Lake Mead was made when the dam blocked the Colorado River and flooded the Mojave Desert. The surface area of Lake Mead is 146,000 acres. It is the largest reservoir in the USA.
Hoover Dam is 726 feet tall. At the base it is 660 feet thick or two football fields measured end to end. At the top it is 45 feet thick. There is enough concrete in the dam to build a 4 foot wide sidewalk around the Earth at the Equator.
Las Vegas gets almost all of its water from Lake Mead.
Each of the 17 generators can supply electricity to 100,000 homes.
Each generator weighs 4 million pounds.
The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge carries US Route 93 over the Colorado River. As early as the 60's, the route over the dam was identified to be dangerous and inadequate. The bridge was completed in 2010 and the bypass route was opened to vehicle traffic. It was the first concrete-steel composite arch bridge built in the US and incorporates the widest concrete arch in the Western Hemisphere.
Every state in the USA furnished supplies and materials for the construction of the dam.
Thanks for dropping by today. We have lots of new followers this week. I can not believe we have passed 40! Looking forward to a picnic and hike (heading back to Valley of Fire...yeah!) on Sunday with Steve and Joan from fosj-steve.blogspot.com. They are volunteers in Lake Mead NRA....just down the road from us. More later...
Look what we found in Boulder City on the way home....ummmm hard decision....felt like a snickers blizard kind of day to me!
Y'all come back soon!