September 28, 2011

What I saw in… Hoover Dam.

Original Exhibit Building at Hoover Dam

To be honest, I had never considered Hoover Dam as a “vacation” spot until now. My very first memory of Hoover Dam was from the movie Superman, and even then, that was a Hollywood-built miniature of the site. And let me tell you, if you are an architecture, history, or even nature buff, you would really enjoy the dam and its surrounding Lake Mead. I was pretty much in awe the second our car pulled into the security area and caught the first sight of the Hoover Dam Bypass, which opened to public last October. The view is absolutely breathtaking. Touring the inside of the dam was even more fascinating. A mere 70-second elevator ride takes you 530 feet below elevation! Speaking of elevator, when our tour guide asked what the elevator platform reminds us of, I immediately said the Empire State Building – art deco accents could be found all around. Besides all the great architecture, the environmental graphics were pretty great too. Pictured above, the original 1935 Exhibit Building at the dam. Mad Men anyone? Takes you back, doesn’t it?

Hoover Dam Bypass

tunnel drilled in the 1930s for construction / 530 feet below elevation

in queue at the visitor center

one of the four intake towers

{ camera phone images by Peggy Wong }

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One Response to “What I saw in… Hoover Dam.”

  1. jenny Says:
    October 7th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    awe!!!!!! breathtaking! great introduction of the Dam!