The large letter postcard above is from the 1930s and shows various views of Boulder Dam (now known as Hoover Dam).
Below is another late 1930s postcard showing the Figures of the Republic. These are two identical bronze figures, designed by Oskar J. W. Hansen, and installed as the principal decoration at Hoover (Boulder) Dam. They are 30' high and are cast in bronze. One sits on either side of the 125 foot flagstaff facing the gorge of Black Canyon of the Colorado River over the crest of the dam.
The following words are inscribed at the base of the flagpole :
It is fitting that the flag of our country should fly here in honor of those men who, inspired by a vision of lonely lands made fruitful, conceived this great work and of those others whose genius and labor made that vision a reality.
Hoover Dam is the second tallest dam in the United States 726 feet (221 meters). It is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. The dam was controversially named after President Herbert Hoover.
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume. The dam is located near Boulder City, Nevada, a municipality originally constructed for workers on the construction project, about 25 mi (40 km) southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The dam's generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. (source: Wikipedia)
Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction with nearly a million people touring it each year. The 1950s postcard below is a "Pictorial Post Card" issued by Union Pacific Railroad. The description on the back says "Massive Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, seen on a short side trip from exciting Las Vegas Nevada, when traveling to or from Los Angeles via Union Pacific." I really like the way this postcard gives me a vicarious view of the dam by including a human viewer in the image.
There are two lanes for automobile traffic across the top of the dam, which formerly served as the Colorado River crossing for U.S. Route 93. Security became a concern after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and a bypass project was expedited. The Hoover Dam Bypass opened in October 2010. Tours of the dam are still offered, but increased security concerns by the government have resulted in most of the interior structure being inaccessible to tourists.
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