Monday, 5 May 2014
Hoover Dam - 6,600,000 Tons Of Concrete
The ride to the Hoover Dam today from Kingman on Highway 93 North was wonderful. Warming, but not blistering sunshine, light winds, not gale force and interesting scenery all the way up. On the other hand the ride back south on Highway 95 from Boulder City to Needles was in my opinion the worst ride we've had so far. The temperature had risen to nearly 100 degrees, the wind was blowing very strong, around 30-40 mph and seemed to be coming from all directions, causing vision blurring from constant helmet buffeting and with the winds came plenty of sand and dust too!
Anyway, the dam was well worth a visit. It is amazing what human beings can do, and can build when they put their minds to it. The dam was built from 1931 to 1935 and at its peak it employed more than 21,000 people with an average of 3,500+ working on the site each day. The Dam generates on average about 4 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power each year, enough to serve 1.3 million people.
Can you see the white cars parked down there in the right.
What a great 'bunjy-jump' location!