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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Next stop is the Hoover Dam . . .

I like history now much more then I did in school - although I did like it in school - maybe here it is so real and you can see and feel it. The Hoover Dam is powerful. It tames the Colorado River.
Not only does it tame it - so that the lands don't get flooded out and they can use the water when needed - it harnesses it and it's energy to use as a power source for out west. Once a very damaging river - now is a controlled one.

They first had to split the river in two - and dry up the area where they wanted to dam it. Tons and tons and tons of concrete. They knew it would take years to cool down and become hard - they even brought in things to hurry that process up.

These men worked 363 days - with only two days off a year - can you imagine anyone nowadays working that hard without suing? And these men were grateful!
They harnessed the power of the river and half goes to Arizona and half to Nevada. The dam itself has one unit - and is totally paid for by that. And yes it is sideways - it is not my camera! That is the new bridge building built.

There are stop or check points as you near the Hoover Dam - every car is stopped and looked at. Probably for 9-11 security. They used to let you go farther down to the bottom of the dam - but no longer, probably for the same reason. Sad.
Amazing how men can build things like this.

Lake Mead - part of the Colorado River - it is like a holding tank for it. Isn't that color beautiful?
This is the inside. If I remember correctly there are 6 on one side and 7 on the other. They are huge. These are the generators.

Happy Birthday Angela Houston - wikipedia

While working as a model in her teens during the late 1960s, Huston had a relationship with photographer Bob Richardson, who was 23 years her senior.

She was also involved with actor Ryan O'Neal.

Her on-and-off relationship with actor Jack Nicholson spanned from 1973 to 1990 and included an incident in which she became a witness for the prosecution at Roman Polanski's 1977 trial regarding the statutory rape of a thirteen-year-old girl in Nicholson's home. Her testimony, which was reportedly made in exchange for dropping charges of cocaine possession, in which she had arrived at the residence she had just recently shared with Nicholson, was intended to be used against Polanski to place him in the bedroom with the alleged victim, but once a plea bargain was struck her testimony became unnecessary.

On May 23, 1992, she married sculptor Robert Graham Jr.. The couple lived in Venice, California until his death on December 27, 2008.

She owns a ranch in Three Rivers, California, just east of Visalia, which she visits often.

Gee a stars life is messy isn't it - but money does talk and so does fame. But what does it say?


Melanie said...

Nothing short of amazing!!
I have been inside of a dam, but nothing like that one!
That is a beautiful picture of Lake Mead.
Sorry you couldn't go down to the bottom of it. That's the post 9-11 world we live in now.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great photo tour. We haven't been to Hoover Dam for years and years, but I'm sure that the security is b/c of 9/11. We stopped a couple of years ago at a small (compared to HOover) dam on the Columbia River where we used to stop often when we lived in Oregon and it is the same thing -- there were checkpoints and walled-off areas that didn't used to ever be there.

Necessary things nowa days I guess.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I have never been to the Hoover Dam and it looks so cool. thanks for the history it was very interesting. I know you had a good visit.

Susan said...

Pretty awesome, Sandie. Never have been there so appreciated the tour. I think it would have been a little bit scary, too. Susan

ClassyChassy said...

Never been to see the dam - what a marvelous wonder it is! Can't imagine working that long without a break! Thanks for the story today.

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Those hard working men did a awesome job.....nice pictures. Trish

Rose said...

never saw this dam. your photos will probable be it.i can't imagine that men could work that hard with little time off, such a large project

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I have always been fascinated by the Hoover Dam story. Great pictures.

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

I didn't like history at all when I was in school. It wasn't until we lived in the DC area with all of that history around us before I was interested in it all.

I've seen the Hoover Dam on tv. It is an amazing story about how they did it all.

Thanks for giving us a tour!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Neat tour, Sandie!

And I love Angelica Houston. She is not only a good dramatic actress, but she has perfect comedic timing.


Sheila :-)

Crystal Mary said...

My hubbt Ray took me to see the Hover Dam. And like you said, its an amazing fete for man to built. I enjoyed drriving over it and then see'ing it from the other side. Its enormous..

A Stars life is messy..I believe they always think the grass is greener on the other side, only to be disappointed!!!
There have been a few contented ones... Robert Young to mention one.. I love the old actors.

Crystal Mary said...

Gosh I sure made a mess of what I wrote...sorry mate. Its freezing today and Ray has the windows open doing a job on them.

Whosyergurl said...

DAMN that's big.
I crack myself up!
hug you, Cheryl

Michelle said...

What great pictures, how funny that that tower was built sideways!

Joyce said...

I ponce went down on the elevator to the bottom of he Dam and it was interesting. Now our trip to to the rockets look like some place my little guys might like in a few years. The 3 year old is so into Star Wars already:-)

Deb said...

I so loved the Hoover Dam tour and I think everyone should view this engineering feat.

So dam hot dog? How about a dam diet coke?

Mollye said...

Beautiful tour and pics. I went once many years ago and was in awe. And as for Angelica Huston, I've always loved her. XXHugs, Mollye

Mevely317 said...

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I didn't know half this stuff re. Hoover Dam ... never too old to learn I guess :)
PS - Thanks (!!!) for the "add" at my place, Sandie!

Annesphamily said...

I like the Hoover Dam tour. Very cool.

I would not want to be a famous person. They have miserable lives full of deceit and addiction.

I was reading an article about Mel Gibson today. He has destroyed his career and ruined the lives of his first family with his illicit affairs.

I like being a regular person a lot more.

Thanks for sharing Anne

That corgi :) said...

enjoyed reading this Sandie. I was at the Hoover Dam I think in 1994 and enjoyed the tour back then. What I really liked was that it was a hot day but once we got inside things cooled down quite a bit and it was very pleasant in there. you did great with the pictures and telling the story about how they built it. I can't imagine working that many days in a row with only 2 days off. When we were visiting Montana, we went to a dam in Cody, Wyoming that took years to built because they had to struggle with the cold frigid winter weather, can you imagine?


Terra said...

Hi, I am your newest follower, number 123, which seems a happy number to be.
I recall the song Woody Guthrie wrote about the Hoover Dam: "Roll along Columbia, you can ramble to the sea, But river while you're rambling you can do some work for me."
That was a mighty project to build, wasn't it?