Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Hoover Dam

Type of Dam: Concrete Gravity-Arch
Herbert Hoover's Namesake
Extending Above is the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

Hydroelectric Power Creates 4.2 billion KW Yearly
On the State Line of Nevada and Arizona
Originally Named Boulder Dam
Vegas' Neighbor (Less Than an Hour's Drive)
Encloses Lake Mead from the Colorado River
Reservoir Reaches 112 Miles Long

Dedicated by President Roosevelt in 1935
Almost One Million Annual Visitors
Made by the U.S. Government During the Depression

Being a Tourist

Dam View from the Bridge

Taking in the Sights

Oh, the Hilarity

Fan of the Bypass Project, but Not Its Height

Roughing It at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

View from Our Tent

Beautiful Lake Mead (Not bad for being man made, right?)

Enjoying Our Summer Day

Operation Cool Down: In Effect

Don't mind if I do take a dip.  Take that, raging heat and humidity.