A day trip to Hoover Dam turned into a bit of nostalgia as well as an antidote to Las Vegas. The day was beautiful, the crowds light and the timing perfect which was so unlike our last visit that had been unbearably hot and with school age children who were not particularly interested. Today we were struck by the engineering wonder of the time as well as by the lovely public art nouveau all of which combined to remind us of our accomplishments as a nation. It also inspired hope about what we can do as a country given leadership and our collective will.
Hoover Dam remains a world renown structure which incorporated technical innovations developed during the dam’s construction transforming several traditional engineering methods and setting a precedent for furture large construction projects worldwide. Completed in four years, it was two years ahead of schedule and well under budget.