During the depression; thousands of men brought their families to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. In less than five years the largest dam of its time was built. Many lost their lives during its construction. Today Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark. And the American Society of Civil Engineers named it one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders! So take a dam tour with John D. Weigand and Penelope Dyan as you explore the pages of yet another great travel guide for kids! The Bureau of Reclamation began conducting tours through the Hoover Dam and power plant in 1937. The Dam is ever changing and today they are constructing a bridge over the dam that looks like in itself, it is another wonder! If you want to visit Hoover dam and see what makes it work, it is located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on US Highway 93 at the Nevada-Arizona border. The Hoover Dam tour is interesting and fun and there is a lot a kid can see, learn and do at the Hoover Dam. The tour guide will take you on a exploration of the tunnels and pipes and all the things electric and explain exactly how this mighty wonder works as well as why it was built! Taken with ambient light, John D. Weigand again captures the essence of a fun place for kids and parents to see and visit, while Penelope Dyan tells its story with her whimsical poetry. The sites of Hoover Dam are astounding, a tribune to the hardworking workers of America, and when you leave, you leave wondering how so much water ever found its way into the Nevada Desert! But you are glad it did!
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