Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hoover Dam

It is worth the price of an airfare to Vegas to see the Hoover Dam We did the four hour Guided Discovery Tour Line Trip.

The 'Hard Hat Tour' which is a hands on underground tour, has been closed since 9/11 but will start again in July - returning for this tour is a new goal for me.

Hoover Dam facts and my photos of the Damn are below....your comments are welcome.

Hoover Dam, also known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. When completed in 1935, it was both the world's largest electric power producing facility and the world's largest concrete structure. It was surpassed in both respects by the Grand Coulee Dam in 1945. It is currently the world's 34th largest hydroelectric generating station.
The dam, located 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Las Vegas, is named after Herbert Hoover, who played an instrumental role in its construction, first as Secretary of Commerce and then later as President of the United States. Construction began in 1931 and was completed in 1935, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam and the power plant are operated by the Bureau of Reclamation of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981, Hoover Dam was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985.

Thank you to my friends Jigna, Jessica, Ravi and Joanna R. for recommending the Hoover Dam experiance.


bridgett said...

Always enjoy your educational post - be it glass or life.
I will never look at Vegas quiet the same again.
You some how make it seem 'wholesome'.
Have you been engaged in 'gambling' or betting or 'games'
while there?
Delightful photos and articles.

Ram said...

am learning and enjoying Hoover dam facts and great photos

just learnt about arch-gravity dam and other different types of Dam..


Anonymous said...

Looks like you are having fun. Good picture.

sweetdoc said...

You surprise me often
When we took my neice to see the dam last year she is your age
she yawned and was ready to leave in ten minutes.
My husband was so angry. You are one of a kind. Were you an engneering undergrad?