|Photo by Kuczora, Wikimedia Commons|
With Nancy J. Farrier
|Hoover Dam Site by Lee, W.T.|
|1921 Sketch of Site|
As early as 1902, talk began of building a hydroelectric dam on the Colorado. Edison Electric Company did a survey, but in the early part of the century the range was too limited for that type of power. Edison’s land options were allowed to lapse, which allowed for the later building of Boulder Dam.
|1935 View from AZ side. Wikimedia Commons|
In 1928, President Coolidge signed a bill authorizing the dam. There were still many obstacles ahead. One of those was the cost of building the structure. The companies with experience didn’t have the funds to finance the construction. In the end, six companies went together to win a bid from the government.
|High scalers setting explosives|
Pouring the concrete for the dam began in 1933. They could not do this as a continuous pour because the concrete would take
too long to
cool. The concrete would not be as stable and would be liable to crack and
crumble under pressure. Instead, they devised a way to do the dam in large
sections, but also used refrigerated water piped in to cool the concrete and keep
it from cracking.
|Columns being filled with concrete|
On September 30, 1935, they had a dedication for Boulder Dam. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in attendance since he was on a tour of the western states. There was still much controversy about the name of the dam since some wanted to name it after Herbert Hoover. Former President Hoover was not invited to the ceremony though and no mention was made of him. The US Post Office made a three-cent Boulder Dam stamp to commemorate the occasion.
There were 112 deaths attributed to the building of the dam. Three were suicides, but many were accidents on the job site. The first, J. G. Tierney,
drowned while checking for a site for the dam. The last death was
Tierney’s some Patrick, who fell from an intake tower. Some people felt there
were more than the 112 deaths. Men died of supposed pneumonia, but may have
died from carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of gasoline powered vehicles
in the diversion tunnels.
|Workers on Jumbo Rig|
There was much controversy over the name of the dam. Early on, the name Boulder Dam or Boulder Canyon Dam was used even though the location changed to Black Canyon. President Hoover’s name was mentioned because in the early years he was the President, and he had been instrumental in working to get the dam started. However, when he lost the election in 1932, there were those who didn’t want his name on the dam. In 1947 Congress voted to restore the name to Hoover Dam instead of Boulder Dam.
|1940 Tour Group|
Have you ever visited Hoover Dam? I remember driving across the dam, although now there is a bridge you drive over because of the increase in traffic. Have you ever been to Lake Mead? Please leave a comment and your email before midnight July 18, 2017 to be entered in a drawing for my new release, Bandolero.
Nancy J Farrier is an award winning author who lives in Southern California in the Mojave Desert. She loves the Southwest with its interesting historical past. Nancy and her husband have five children and two grandsons. When Nancy isn’t writing, she loves to read, do needlecraft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website: nancyjfarrier.com.
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Loved this post. Have never seen the dam. I suppose I should find a way to go west. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Connie. I hope you get there some time.Delete
Great post and informative about building this massive dam. I've never seen the dam.ReplyDelete
Bandolero sounds intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway, Nancy Farrier.
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Thank you, Marilyn. I'm glad you enjoyed the post.Delete
Thank you for sharing your wonderful post, Nancy. I have visited Hoover Dam and it is quite a spectacular sight. It's magnitude is really something to behold!ReplyDelete
Have a great day!
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Thank you, Melanie. Yes, it is magnificent.Delete
this was a great post. I have been to hoover dam. My dad actually helped to repair a lot of hoover dam a long time ago.ReplyDelete
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Lori, how interesting that your dad helped with the dam. Such an interesting place.Delete
I've never visited any dams, but would love to visit the Hoover Dam someday. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Debbie. I do hope you get to visit some day.Delete
Since I am a history student but I never knew about the both dams. However, reading your post, I have much information now about Boulder Dam and Hoover Dam.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Emma. Yes, history can be very fascinating.Delete
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A great post, thanks. I have not been to Hoover Dam, thinking I should.ReplyDelete
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Shirley, I hope you get there some day. It is a marvel of workmanship.Delete
Thank you for this great post. Yes, I have been to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. My mom grew up in Boulder City, NV and so we always visited my Grandma there and well, she lived extremely close to Lake Mead so we visited often. Most of the men on my Mom's side of the family worked in building the Hoover Dam. I had an great-uncle I never met that was one of the 112 who died on the job. He had been in a big Caterpillar type of equipment, stopped it on not very sturdy ground and when he got out the Caterpillar fell over on him and killed him instantly.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the great post and giveaway.
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Cindy, Thank you for sharing your story. How sad for your uncle. In looking at the pictures of the building of the dam, I am amazed they didn't lose more people. Those heights were pretty scary.Delete
Fascinating, Nancy! We've been to the dam and it's magnificent. Amazing that it only took 2 years to build.ReplyDelete
Pam, I agree. I have no idea how they did that.Delete
I have been to other dams, but not Hoover Dam. Love reading about thr history. Thank you for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
Thank you for commenting, Perrianne. If you see this, please leave your email address to be entered in the giveaway.Delete
Thanks for doing all the research and sharing the historyReplyDelete
of the Hoover Dam. There are similar stories of workers
lost in the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. Though
people are still injured or die on construction projects
despite today's safety measures, it's amazing more
people weren't lost in less than safe conditions back
then. I have never been to Lake Mead and only have
seen the Hoover Dam in documentaries.
Thank you for your thoughts, Kathleen. You are right that the safety measures were lacking back then. Pretty scary.Delete
I haven't had a chance to visit Hoover Dam. Thank you for your research and fabulous pictures of it. I would love to visit it some day.ReplyDelete
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Thank you, Deanne. I hope you do get to visit.Delete