High, Wide and Heavy
Because of its size, technology and the monumental effort it took to build Hoover Dam has been named on of the Top Ten Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, and a Civil engineering Monument of the Millennium.
Hoover Dam weights 6.6 million tons, and there is enough concrete in the dam to build a 3-inch thick, 4-foot wide sidewalk around the earth at the equator!WOW! Standing 726 feet tall Hoover Dam is the tallest solid concrete dam in the western hemisphere.
The top of the dam stretches for 1.244 feet across the Black Canyon, the dam is 660 feet thick at its base, wide enough for back-to-back football fields.
...and at the end the question that everyone want to know....How does Hoover Dam hold back Lake Mead? the answer: The weight of the dam archors it to the canyon floor ,while the pressure of the lake pushes the dam against the canyon walls. Pretty impressive.
Please enjoy the photographs! And if it happens to be at the area visit Hoover Dam.
The Dam is named in honor of Herbert Clark Hoover - the 31st President of the United States.
Hoover Dam is a modern civil engineering wonder of the United States. Another amazing fact about the Dam is that is located between two states and the Entrance of the Dam and its Exit are in different time zones. The entrance is in Nevada/Pacific Time Zone while the exit is in Arizona/ Mountain Time Zone.
The last pictures is the Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (border between the states of NEVADA and Arizona)