Hoover Dam: A Symbol of Simple Strength

During the Great Depression, in the 1930’s, when there were no jobs available, the Hoover Dam was in the beginning stages of being built, signifying the will and determination of a nation to survive economic turmoil. This solid concrete structure, blocking the walls between the Black Canyon along the Colorado River, would prove to be the highest, most costly water project and power plant at that time, and more then ninety-six workers would die building this symbol of national strength.

To say the building of the Hoover Dam was a dangerous undertaking would be a a severe understatement, as men from all over American, including former sailors, circus acrobats and Native Americans, risked their lives scaling the rock, and using dynamite to to blow away lose rocks before the work could begin. They worked twenty-four hours a day, breaking the time up into three shifts, and were paid $1.60 a day which was considered a very good wage at the time. To read the full story of the building of the Hoover Dam, and to learn about key players in this massive project, click here…

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