New dam an engineering marvel

 

Hoover Dam.Lake Mead.jpg

By MICHAEL BUSHNELL
Northeast News
January 15, 2014


Spanning the Black Canyon on the Colorado River roughly 30 miles Southwest of Las Vegas, Nev., the Hoover Dam is one of the 20th Century’s greatest engineering achievements.

Construction of what was originally named Boulder Dam began in 1931 and thousands of unemployed workers flocked to the then fledgling city of Las Vegas. The six companies contracted to build the dam hired 3,000 workers initially. By 1935, more than 5,000 men were working on the project.

The dam was dedicated on Sept. 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt. In 1947 the name of the dam was changed to Hoover Dam, honoring the 31st president and former Secretary of Commerce. Hoover was instrumental in laying the political groundwork for the construction of the dam.

The description on the back of this linen era postcard reads: “Hoover (Boulder) Dam is the highest in the world, rises 727 feet above bedrock. It is 6650 feet thick at the base and the 45 foot crest forms a highway bridge from wall to wall of the gorge, 1180 feet in length, connecting trans-continental highway arteries between Kingman Arizona and Boulder City Nevada. The view of the dam at night is a most impressive.”

Hoover Dam Face.jpg

Comments are closed.

  • Kansas City’s first memorial

    February 22nd, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 22, 2017 Dedicated on June 2, 1909, the August R. Meyer Memorial, at 10th […]


    Lagoon & boathouse beautified Swope Park

    February 15th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 15, 2017 One of the most prolific picture postcard publishers in Kansas City at […]


    St. Valentine champions for couples

    February 8th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 8, 2017 Around the year 200, the Roman Emporer Claudius was busy conquering various […]


    From postcards, to war planes, to vacuums — C.U. Williams was entrepreneur

    February 1st, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News February 1, 2017 The Big Blue River starts in southern Johnson County, Kan., where Wolf […]


    Baltimore Hotel stunned around turn of the century

    January 25th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 25, 2017 Often called enigmatic and eccentric and known by his friends as a […]


  • No better view west of the Hudson

    January 18th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 18, 2017 Built in 1906-07 by the Swenson Construction Company at a cost of […]


    Airport once was one of best in country

    January 11th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 11, 2017 This Hallmark Cards postcard titled “Airplane View of Kansas City, Mo.” is […]


    Our feet in the snow, our minds on the beach

    January 4th, 2017
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News January 4, 2017 Tired of living in the deep freeze? We are too, so we’re […]


    Happy New Year HNEKC residents

    December 28th, 2016
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News December 28, 2016 Sent to Mrs. J. E. Hussell of Williamsville, N.Y., on Dec. 26, […]


    Postcard history dates to 1893

    December 21st, 2016
    by

    By MICHAEL BUSHNELL Northeast News December 21, 2016 As a public communications medium, the postcard was ushered into service following […]


  • Local Weather

  • What’s Happening

    “#Heart of KC Sale” heads to Northeast

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 24, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – The first thing a prospective buyer is likely […]

    Northeast Library Branch debuts new checkout system

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 24, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Over the past week, the North-East Public Library […]

    KCMO Council approves KCU Master Planned Development district

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News February 23, 2017 KANSAS CITY, Missouri – By a 10-2 vote, the KCMO City Council approved […]