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Home of Hoover Dam & Those Who Built It!

In 1928, Congress approved the construction of a dam along the Colorado River. A camp needed to be established to house the workers for this monumental task. So the government decided it would be prudent to build a city to accommodate the workers and their families. The Bureau of Reclamation hired an engineer, but after the stock markets crashed that put the plans on hold. Even though nothing formally was established as far as town, squatter camps populated the area as the work force progressed.

Life was harsh here; these camps stand as a testament to the true grit of the American family. These pioneers had to provide for their families no matter what they had to endure. These men, women and children endured scorching heat during the summer months with many falling ill or died from heat exhaustion, disease, suffocating blowing sand, inadequate food supplies or shelters. Those who fell very ill had to travel 30 miles away for any type of medical care and if they fell too ill they were happily replaced by others.

Hoover Dam~

Yet, by 1931 conditions started to finally improve with a train station that helped bring in much needed supplies. Later during the summer months the main camp started to look like an official city, Boulder City. Roads were being paved to Las Vegas and within the city itself. In just over a year, Boulder City rose from the dust into a fully functioning construction town of 5,000.

After the dam was completed in 1935, many of the companies began tearing down some of the dingbat houses since they were haphazardly constructed, but some of the better build ones were being sold to those who were going to make this their permanent homes. This area remained under government control until the 1950’s, but it wasn’t till the 1960’s that the city was official incorporated and completely on its own.

Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

We took advantage of Thanksgiving vacation and decided it was time to visit this wonderful historical monument again and although, it was crowded, we really enjoyed seeing it and getting to enjoy all the new facilities they have added since the 1980's and that amazing bridge! Excellent experience!.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Lots to see here, so take your time.
  • Cons:Traffic was bad and it is high, so NO leaning over the side please!
  • In a nutshell:More than just rocks and water:)
  • Last visit to Boulder City: Jan 1990
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    Dee , a great page. Thank you.

    • wabat's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      Especially enjoyed reading about the dog.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jul 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      I am so glad you enjoyed it. Lots of folks just walked by it, but for some reason I was drawn to it. I started taking photo's of it and reading the plaque, folks started looking to see what I was looking at. Its a touching story and wonderful they made sure he had a lovely memorial to him.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2013 at 3:02 AM

    A very good page, Dee. I love the sculptures and murals and the Hoover Dam of course.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    Thanks for this very detailed information about the Hoover Dam/Boulder City. We have passed through it a few times, but never took the time to actually visit there. It really is quite impressive. Enjoyed the story about "nobody's but everybody's dog".

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Excellent page on the historical Dam. I love all the sculptures, and the Dam itself would be something to see! Have just watched a documentary on the building of the Hoover Dam this week.
    What a fantastic job everybody concerned in the building of this Dam did, but sad there were so many deaths, a lot unecessary!

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    I've been here several times, but it was so long ago that I haven't seen lots of the thing you share! Thanks Dee for an interesting update!!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Excellent Boulder City travel pages! The city certainly has lots of interesting attractions. Hoover Dam tour sounds wonderful to us indeed. Thanks for your lovely virtual tour with great photos. Thanks also for your visit to our Turkey travel pages. ~ho & pang

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    I never knew that there were bunkers in the U.S. during World War II. The Hoover Dam looks very impressive. Hoover Dam Tour must have been very interesting. Thank you Dee for sharing!

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    A VERY well detailed page Dee...Ive just passed the link to a friend that will be visiting here in a few weeks.Im sure he'll find all of this info useful.Thanks btw for stopping by Aosta..its set in such beautiful surroundings.Its a GREAT day trip!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    This is fantastic, Dee. I saw this so many years ago, and certainly did not remember all this. Your descriptions are excellent, and the photographs are brilliant. Thanks for being so thorough.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    How very impressive! Thanks for your well-illustrated story!


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