Hoover Dam.
Las Vegas, Nevada, North America, United States, architecture, concrete, dam, energy industry, industry, power, structure, wall, water

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Hoover Dam

Top choice in Southern Nevada

At the height of the Depression, thousands of men and their families migrated here and worked in excruciating conditions, dangling hundreds of feet above Black Canyon in 120°F (about 50°C) heat to build this massive 726ft-high dam, completed ahead of schedule and under budget in 1936. Ninety-six workers lost their lives building the iconic art-deco styled structure, which redefines the stark landscape. Tours of the dam structure begin at the Hoover Dam Parking Garage & Visitor Center.

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