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Don’t Leave Vegas Without Your Dam Hat!

shutterstock_244293337shutterstock_158507480There are a few things in the Las Vegas area that have to be labeled a “must see,” especially for first time visitors. We want to recommend one.

Near the top of this list has to be Hoover Dam. It is considered one of the seven “Wonders of the Industrial World.” Once you see it, you will most likely agree.

Not only is this Dam a sight to behold, you can buy yourself a “Dam hat,” a Hoover Dam hat that is. You can also buy a Dam shirt, Dam toys, and all kind of other Dam things. We would recommend taking a Dam tour. You may have seen a glimpse of this tour in the movie “Vegas Vacation.”: Scene From Vegas Vacation

Why is the Hoover Dam so notable? There are books and videos on the Dam, and it’s history, so we won’t go too deep in detail here, but there are a few facts that should be of interest.

Many may not realize that just moving the dam from an idea to reality took years of political maneuvering and intense conflict. It was not an easy deal to close. In 1928 President Calvin Coolidge presented the idea. It then immediately faced very hard and bitter controversy over several years. It wasn’t until 1931 that work actually began.

It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who had the privilege of dedicating the Dam when it was completed in 1935. In the process of building the Dam, 5 million barrels of cement plus 45 million pounds of steel were used. Also, in the process of building the dam over 20,000 workers took part and over 100 died, most of these due to accidents.

We highly recommend visiting Hoover Dam on our next trip to Las Vegas. It is less than an hour from the Strip. When you visit, don’t forget to get yourself a Dam hat.

The History Channel has a great presentation on Hoover Dam: Click Here

 

 

 

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