28 January 2008

Hoover Dam - Near Las Vegas

On one of our days in Las Vegas we drove out to Hoover dam. It is a massive dam in the colorado river and on the border between Nevada and Arizona. We did the tour which takes you down into the guts to look at the hydro-electric portions as well as the diversion tunnels used when building the dam. It was all very large and impressive. We also stopped on the way back and had a very nice unusually healthy lunch in Boulder city, built to house the dam builders originally.


The wall, very thick at the bottom


7-8 of the 14-16 turbines/generators. The dam was actually built to contain flood waters and hold irrigation water rather then produce electricity.


The bottom of the dam where the water comes through the turbines.


One of the tunnels made for the initial diversion of the Colorado river - massive.


An intake tower and a small view of Lake Mead - the lake created from the damming.


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