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May 14, 2012 - Hoover Dam

We waited for traffic to smooth out before leaving the campground this morning. We drove to Hoover Dam. Construction started on the Hoover Dam in 1931 and was completed in 1935. It is 726 feet high, 1244 feet wide, 603 feet wide at the bottom and 45 feet wide at the top. Officially 96 people died during the construction of the dam. We signed up for a dam tour ($30.00 each), and went inside the dam and walked through it. We also saw the big water powered generators. Those 17 generators produce 4.5 billion kilowatts of electricity per year....

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Jul 31, 2011 - Hoover Dam

July 31- Sun.- Watched our Church on TV this Sunday. And off to the Hoover Dam, Still in Nevada. It was Raining pretty hard this morning, but God was with us & when we got to the Hoover Dam, it stopped. It was cloudy, but we were able to get out & take pictures. Oh how awesome. The New bridge, with the rainbow shape above It , that was just built not too long ago was amazing. We went all the way up. Took lots of pictures. Then headed to our KOA Circle Pine Campground, in Williams, AZ. Nice campsite. Then headed to Flagstaff, about 27 miles...

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Across USA 2011

Jul 21, 2011 - Hoover Dam

I take a bus tour to the Grand Canyon. It takes more than four hours one way, but the bus driver is very talkative and tells many interesting, present and historic facts. The tour starts with the Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nevada, which regulates the majestic Colorado River, forming the artificial Lake Mead. The dam was also used as a Highway between Nevada and Arizona, but nowadays the great Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge connects the two states via US 93 interstate.

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California 2011

May 22, 2011 - Best tour by a "DAM SITE".

We leave Route 66 and Kingman and head to Nevada…en route we top at Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. These are the MOST visited sites within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area which encompasses 110 mile long Lake Mead, 67 mile long Lake Mohave and many, many miles of desert around the lake. We pass the recently built highway bridge, that bypasses the “dam “ traffic”. The Hoover Dam, straddling the Arizona - Nevada border, the graceful curve and art-deco style of the 726-foot high Hoover Dam contrasts superbly with the surrounding start...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Hoover Dam

On our way to the Grand Canyon, we crossed the Hoover Dam. Awesome sight! They are building (still) a new road and bridge to bypass going over the dam itself. That will alleviate some of the traffic but takes away the fun of driving over the dam. Tight security with checkpoints at both ends.

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Mar 3, 2010 - Hoover Dam and Lake Mead

When Jerry and I were in elementary school we heard about the Hoover Dam. Today we went to see it. It is located less than 30 miles from Las Vegas and straddles the boundary between Nevada and Arizona. We drove over the dam and parked the car in one of the many parking lots. Work is well underway to build a new highway overpass that vehicles will use rather than driving on the dam. It will be completed near the end of this year. We went on a tour of the dam and learned many interesting things. Down in the bowels of the dam, we got to hear...

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Aug 18, 2009 - Hoover Dam

August 18- After breakfast this morning at the hotel we checked out and walked around the strip some more. We stumbled up on a neat little sidewalk show where a man and his wife were playing and singing. It was a good cool shady area so we decided to sit and watch the show. Really a neat show for free and a great place to sit and cool off for a while. When we left here we started heading for our truck and took some more pictures and checked out some of the little shops along the way. We headed back to the condo in Arizona around 4:00 once...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Jeremy's Visit - Part 1, Las Vegas

On the Thursday after Memorial Day, our son Jeremy arrived to visit with us in Las Vegas. It was sooo good to see him, and we were very happy that he was able to take the time away from work for a vacation with us. After picking him up at the airport, we came back to the rig to relax a little before heading down to the The Strip. There were several free things going on so we thought we’d hit those and it would give us a great way to visit some of the large casinos. Our first stop was supposed to be the Stratosphere which is the tall, space...

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Jan 19, 2009 - My Favorite Engineering Feat

Environmentalists usually oppose dams and nuclear power. I suppose that makes me a contradiction, but how cool is it to look down the upriver side of a dam and see an entire river, stopped in its tracks, each drop waiting patiently for the chutes to open so that it can start those turbines rolling, irrigate a bean plant, jump out of a faucet somewhere, or shoulder a raft through the rapids! I'm an engineer - I can't help it. Now don't get me wrong - I hate the loss of salmon habitat and cringe for the lost canyons that we'll never see...

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Dec 31, 2008 - Day 3 - Hoover Dam

Happy New Year from Lake Mead! We spent our New Year's Eve taking it a little slow and enjoying one of the biggest dams in the country: the Hoover Dam. After running some errands in town, we went up the road all of 5 miles from our campsite to Hoover Dam. We took in the powerplant tour and after our "Dam" tour guide asked if we had any questions, it took everything in my power not to ask him "Where can I get some 'Dam' bait!'" (Sorry for those who don't get the Uncle Eddie reference; rent National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation!) It really...

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Nov 3, 2008 - Hoover Dam

Ye ye I know. It took me a while to get back to this site but time is just running away. Forgive me please. Today we decided to drive out to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Perfect weather and we can still drive open. It's November and we are still in the lower 80's. The drive was uneventful, through the Desert more or less. We looked at Lake Mead, which is a real boaters and tourist area for people who live in Las Vegas and obviously drove over Hoover Dam It was packed with tourists, like us I guess. We have been there a few years ago and took...

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Sep 27, 2008 - Hoover Dam

On Friday, we went to see Hoover Dam, which gets about a million visitors each year. The place is amazing, the dam is huge and Lake Mead is the most beautiful blue color. The cranes that are being used to build a road across the Colorado River can be seen from the distance and the whole picture just defies the camera with its vastness. The Black Canyon is winding and deep, so you can't see Lake Mead from the dam. We drove through the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which has a marina and a campground an the lake. The wonder of...

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