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INTRODUCTION The Hoover Dam built over sixty years ago still stands today as one of the worlds most outstanding engineering achievements It has successfully tamed the wild Colorado River by spanning from the Nevada wall to the Arizona wall As soon as approval was given to begin work on the Boulder Canyon project people across America knew that completion of the Hoover Dam would be a milestone in construction history The Hoover Dam has greatly influenced the construction industry today Innovative ideas were required for construction at the Boulder Canyon project from a small city being built for workers to the way multiple contractors managed the project Construction of the Hoover Dam set new standards for the building world in numerous ways so it is no wonder why it is still considered an amazing achievement STATISTICS Construction of the Hoover Dam was the first step in controlling the powerful Colorado River Before the Hoover Dam the river would flood every spring and dry up in the fall Doherty 1995 The only way to maintain the rivers level would be to build a dam greater than any built prior in history so in 1930 that is what congress and senate planned to do At the time of the dams completion in 1935 Hoover Dam was the largest dam in the world at an impressive height of 7264 feet It is 660 feet thick at its base and 45 feet thick at its top The top of the concrete thick-arch dam spans a length of 1244 feet and the whole dam weighs approximately 66 million tons Building the actual dam took four and a half years and during that time 112 people were killed during investigation and construction phases CONTRACT In 1930 after many years of petitioning by the congress and the senate the Secretary of the Interior announced a dam to be built in Black Canyon After approval was given to build the
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