Hoover Dam Essay

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Hoover Dam The Hoover Dam is one of America¡¦s greatest civil engineering marvels (Hernan 22) and ¡§has become a magnet to those fascinated by human ingenuity at its best¡¨ (Haussler 30). With its enormous size and construction during the Great Depression, it was an interesting topic to me. I would like to major in civil engineering and, at first, I was researching this topic. I was looking for salary and job descriptions. Then, I discovered the name John L. Savage, the engineer who supervised the design of the Hoover Dam and many other dams in the United States. Savage worked on the Minidoka irrigation project in Idaho after joining the United States Reclamation Service in 1903. His future of building dams first began "When I…show more content…
The construction would also need electricity so two-hundred and twenty-two miles of a power transmission line was constructed from San Bernardino, California to the dam site. Now that there was a system of transportation and living, the dam site needed to be prepared and have materials brought in (Hoover Dam - FAQs). First, a dam can¡¦t be built with the river still flowing; diversion tunnels were created that were four-thousand feet long (Wassner 98) and fifty-six feet in diameter (Gorum). These alone took two years to build and had to be done during the winter due to the force of the rapids of the Colorado during warm weather. After the river was diverted, it left behind stinking muck. This consisted of two million cubic yards of mud and silt. The residue was hauled off exposing the bedrock of which could support the dam (Wassner 98). There was no construction company around that could raise enough money for the performance bond, so six companies combined to form Six Companies Inc. (¡§1936: Hoover¡¨). In order to support the demand of the materials for the construction of the dam, steel and aggregate plants were also created (¡§Dam one of¡¨). The railway set up before construction, as well as dump trucks were used to haul these materials and other materials to the dam site (Hernan 22). The arch-gravity (The Hoover Dam)

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