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March 4, 1932: The Bureau of Reclamation opens bids for the construction of
Hoover Dam and Power Plant.
March 11, 1932:
Bureau of Reclamation awards contract to Six Companies.
Bureau of Reclamation gives contractor notice to proceed.
February 1, 1935:
Hoover Dam starts impounding water in Lake Mead.
May 29, 1935: Last concrete is placed in dam.
September 30, 1935: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates dam
In 1937: The Bureau of Reclamation officially started conducting tours
through the Hoover Dam and Power Plant. Annually more than 700,00 visitors take the tour
and millions more drive across the dam. Located only 30-miles south east of Las Vegas on
State Highway 93,
Hoover Dam is a National Historic
Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's
Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders.
It took less then 5 years, in a harsh
and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time.
every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hoover Dam Visitor Center is an
outstanding wealth of knowledge and fun awaiting visitors. The 25-minute
historic film about the construction of Hoover Dam is shown throughout the day. For
your convenience, a 400 passenger parking garage is adjacent to the Visitor Center.
of the dam and power plant is offered from: 8:45 A.M. to 5:45 P.M.
Adults 17 to 61 -
$8.00 ... Adults over 61 - $7.00
Kids 6 to 16 - $2.00 ... Kids under 6 - Free
The tour will take you near several hydroelectric generators, each capable of
producing 133,000 kilowatts. The electromagnetic frequencies emitted by the
generators is not recommended for those use pacemakers or defibulators.