Hoover Dam

Where is the Dam? In Black Canyon on the Colorado River, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. How tall is Hoover Dam? It is 726.4 feet from foundation rock to the roadway on the crest of the dam. The towers and ornaments on the parapet rise 40 feet above the crest. How much does Hoover Dam weigh? More than 6,600,000 tons. What type of dam is Hoover? A concrete arch-gravity type, in which the water load is carried by both gravity action and horizontal arch action. What is the maximum water pressure at the base of the dam? 45,000 pounds per square foot.

I took a "Pink Jeep" tour from the Las Vegas strip to Hover Dam. The tour consisted of a Ford Explorer with 5 people, took 4 hours and was very informative. Our tour guide gave use information outside the Dam and then we joined others and saw a short movie and went into the Dam.

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