The Hoover Dam (Building America: Then and Now) by Rebecca Aldridge

By Rebecca Aldridge

The Hoover Dam is well-known as one of many seven engineering wonders of the trendy global. the development of this behemoth dam - the foundation of 1 Arthur Powell Davis - used to be an immense feat on many degrees. Years-long political disputes needed to be settled. participants and firms within the engineering and development nation-states needed to bond jointly to shape a unmarried corporation able to taking up one of these groundbreaking venture. millions of employees from round the kingdom flocked to the venture to escape the poverty of the nice melancholy. Roads, homes, and electrical energy needed to be equipped and put in within the untouched surroundings of Black Canyon. Then, with virtually unimaginable pace, the Hoover Dam rose from the dry dirt of the western usa to turn into the most amazing engineering accomplishments in heritage.

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Another choice of Morrison’s was a highly regarded tunnel and sewer builder named Charlie Shea, who contributed $500,000 ($6 million today) toward the $5 million performance bond. indd49 49 11/18/08 8:38:18 AM 50 THE HOOVER DAM other players. Among them were the Pacific Bridge Company and Felix Kahn from the San Francisco company that bore his name, MacDonald & Kahn. Another longtime San Francisco contractor, Warren A. Bechtel, also wanted to be a part of Morrison’s expanding team. Bechtel was the mentor to a much younger Oakland, California, resident named Harry Kaiser.

A Plain Ol’ Town Construction in the town was ongoing, and workers built as many as three houses each day. The homes all looked alike; stories abound of men coming off their shift, returning home, and walking into the wrong house. In Dunar and McBride’s Building Hoover Dam, Boulder City resident Wilma Cooper recalls what the quickly built homes were like: “These houses were put up in one day, child. You think you can put a house up in one day and have it look like anything? They never were comfortable, because there was no insulation in ’em.

The two dams will work together. Early each flood season, the Seven Oaks Dam will be used to store runoff in its reservoir. This 33 Arthur Powell Davis’s Great Idea Hoover Dam’s Father Fades Away Unfortunately, because of the poor handling of the Reclamation Service’s fi nances, Davis either resigned or was fired from his position as head of the agency in 1923. Even after he left the Reclamation Service, Davis remained involved in projects that water can then be released in small increments to maintain the water supply that flows downstream.

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