The Hoover Dam, also known as the Boulder Dam, in Nevada, U.S.A, is a concrete arch-gravity dam. Check out these quick facts about the world renowned dam:
What’s in a Name?
The Hoover Dam was named for 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. This caused quite an uproar, as many blamed Hoover for the Great Depression.
Lots of Concrete was Used
To build the dam itself, 3,250,000m3 of concrete was required.
Employment During Great Depression
Construction of the Hoover Dam began during the Great Depression, when unemployment rates were high. The dam provided approximately 21,000 workers with employment.
Ahead of Schedule
At commencement of construction in 1931, it was anticipated that the dam would take a total of 7 years to complete. The dam was finished ahead of schedule in 1936.
The dam generates enough electricity to power 1.3 million homes (1.5 million kilowatts of power), and is used to create power for homes in southern California, Arizona, and Nevada.
Creating the Hoover Dam created the U.S.’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead.
Tallest Dam in the World (for a While)
At 726.4 feet, the Hoover Dam was the tallest dam in the world at the time of its construction. It was stripped of its title in 1968, by the Oroville Dam.