After watching dozens of programs on Discovery Channel about Hoover Dam, I made it a point to visit it during my second trip out to Arizona to visit my dad. Leaving from Flagstaff, it took us only a couple or so hours to get there, arriving at the massive structure and all its glory. And it’s truly massive.
The amazing thing about it is that it’s in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Tucked between Nevada and Arizona, the landmark only gets more impressive once you take the tour and learn more about its history. Built in the 30s when technology wasn’t anywhere near as accurate and advanced as it is today, to see how the concept came about and the sacrifices made to build it makes you appreciate it even more. It leaves you in awe.
The power plant housing the hydroelectric generators some 500 or so feet deep into the earth is a feat in itself. To think the concrete is still curing so everyday it actually gains in strength. And it was this project that the hardhat was invented.
It’s in the middle of nowhere, so there isn’t much else to do but visit the dam, take the tour, visit the little shops and simply take in the scenery. It was a windy day and walking across the dam, you can’t help but to imagine what it would be like to fall down the face of it into the Colorado River below.
Either-or, another American landmark crossed off the to do list.