Hoover Dam

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
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Trip End Jul 09, 2008


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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Saturday, June 28, 2008

On the way to Las Vegas we stopped at the amazing Hoover Dam to see what that was all about. It's an awesome place - built in the 30's in the wake of the depression, this project put thousands of men to work on one of the world's biggest engineering projects. Of course, we had to take the plant tour, which took us underground through the tunnels originally used to divert the river.

Once in the main turbine hall, we got to see the row of generators, and I was reminded of the work I did at Conowingo and Muddy Run when I was a co-op for PECo. Since this place is constantly hosting tours, everything was very clean.

Hydroelectric power is one of the coolest things to see, and the turbulence in the water at the bottom of the dam is a testimony to the power that water has. Of course, the girls weren't as interested in any of this as much as I was, and I thank them for their patience while I soaked up the history and scale of the place.

Interestingly, we had to pull of the road for a "mini-inspection" prior to crossing over the dam. There's also a new bridge being constructed to route traffic so it no longer will need to cross the top of the dam. My sense is that this is driven my "terrorist protection" policies - so I'm glad we made this trip before the dam road is closed to the public forever...
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