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'Story of Hoover Dam' Celebrates an American Marvel

By    |   Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 01:05 PM

An intriguing documentary tells the story of one of America's greatest engineering marvels, Hoover Dam — the highest dam the world had ever seen when it was built in the 1930s.
"The Story of Hoover Dam" airs on Newsmax TV on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Before the dam's construction, snowmelt from the Rocky Mountains turned the Colorado River into a raging torrent each spring, flooding valleys and destroying farms and homes. Then the river would slow to a trickle and crops withered and died for lack of water. Hoover Dam, built in Black Canyon on the Nevada-Arizona border, tamed the Colorado River.

The documentary features dramatic footage of the dam's construction, the blasting of tunnels to temporarily divert the river, building of the hydroelectric power plant, and creation of Lake Mead behind the dam, America's largest reservoir.

Standing 726 feet high, with a length of 1,244 feet and a width at its base of 660 feet, Hoover Dam was built beginning in 1931 and completed by thousands of workers in 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule.

The dam still stands at America's highest concrete dam, today providing electricity for residents of three states and irrigating more than 1.25 million acres of farmland.

The dam, originally named after President Herbert Hoover, who authorized its construction, was known as Boulder Dam following his election defeat in 1932, but Congress renamed it Hoover Dam in 1947.

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