We stopped here on our way back to Las Vegas from the Grand Canyon West Canyon. Crossing the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is the largest dam in the United States, also known as the "Desert Drill". To watch the Hoover Dam carefully, you need to walk on the high Mike O" Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (260 meters from the water surface). The bridge is an arch bridge across the Colorado River connecting Arizona and Nevada. The McO'Callahan-Patterterman Memorial Bridge is named after Nevada Governor McO'Callahan and local American football player Patterterman. The latter joined the Army from the Arizona Cardinals and died in Afghanistan. The Memorial Bridge is tall and steep. The wind is very strong that day. Standing on the bridge, it feels like being blown away by the wind.
When we arrived at Hoover Dam, we parked our car in the parking lot of the tourist center ($10/unlimited time), took enough drinking water and walked to the top of the dam (the temperature was as high as 40 degrees Celsius on that day, it was very important to replenish water). The radial gate was quite powerful to watch from high to low. Not far away, Highway 93 crossed the mountain, and its bridge became the perfect background of the dam. Large diversion tunnels and large power grid towers form a magnificent picture. The top of the dam is a two-lane road. We are happy to walk right and left. We have a panoramic view of Lake Mide and the dam. Then we take the elevator down to the viewing platform. After security check, we know that it is a toll-paying attraction. In fact, it is the difference between far and near. USD10 yuan/person feels worthless and goes back to the top of the dam.
The Hoover Dam, which divides Arizona and Nevada, is also the time difference boundary, and it takes an hour to move forward. Suddenly, I felt that I had an extra hour in my life. I believe everyone is familiar with it. In the big movies, I often see the Hufu Dam in Transformers. Optimus Prime rests on that bridge.
It's really boring. Just a dam. If it's the Three Gorges, there's no need to look at it. The dam happens to be the junction of Nevada and Arizona. Small. Parking fee 20 also has a special parking building. Note that the parking building is in Nevada. If you cross the dam to the other side of the dam, that's Arizona. Stop anywhere. All parking spaces are free.
Hoover Dam, 48 km southeast of Las Vegas, was built in 1936. The dam is 221.4 meters high, 379.2 meters long, 200 meters thick and 3.33 million cubic meters concrete. The reservoir capacity of Lake Mead is 35 billion cubic meters. Hoover Bridge, 490 meters downstream of the dam, has a total length of 581 meters (1905 ft), a main span of 323 meters (1060 ft), a bridge deck 268 meters (880 ft) higher than the river surface, and 85 meters (280 ft) higher than the dam.
The largest dam in the United States, "2012", "doomsday collapse" can be found in many large American movies. The Hoover Dam is situated on the state boundary, and Arizona and Nevada have an hour's time difference, so there is a clock at each end of the dam to facilitate the timing of passengers.
From Nevada to Arizona, along the way loess is continuous, vegetation is sparse, but inlaid with the so-called desert drill of the Hoover Dam, how can it be so beautiful, oh, buy GA. The Lake dozens of kilograms of carp around the shore, it is estimated that the hope of passing people to feed them some food. Crowds of wild ducks also gathered here, leisurely looking for food in the lake.
If you want to go to a dam like the Three Gorges in China, which has a long history, the tour group to the Grand Canyon usually stops here to see that the so-called viewing platform of the water conservancy project actually passes through a lot of propaganda boards to introduce the history of the dam on the way to the pavement on the side of the bridge.
Hoover Dam is a dam built on the Colorado River near Las Vegas. It is 221.4m high. The artificial lake formed by the dam is called Mead Lake. Construction began in April 1931 and was completed in March 1936. After the completion of the dam, the climate environment in the Las Vegas desert area has been affected and changed, which plays an important role in the development of industry and agriculture. Hoover Dam has created many world first in technology, so it occupies an important position in the world hydraulic engineering ranks. The Colorado River beneath the dam, originally the deepest and most turbulent River in the United States, is now moving slowly, like a tame beast.