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The Hoover Dam - Boulder City, NV

Dear Travel Diary,
On Day 2, we rented an SUV and drove to Boulder City.

Constructed between 1931 and 1936, the Hoover Dam was built along the Nevada/Arizona state line during the Great Depression. It's construction was ordered by FDR to get people back to work, however the project cost approximately 100 lives. The dam was controversially named for President Hoover instead.

This pedestrian walking bridge that overlooks the sight earned a big NOPE from our tourist crowd due to its height - and generally speaking, I don't fear heights.

The skill of the engineering combined with the sheer size was absolutely mind-boggling.

As you can see, the water is very low. The white rock displays the original water line in the reservoir.

The Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead {above} - the largest reservoir in the United States when it's full.

(You cannot tell me there isn't a mermaid living in this pool.)

I am really glad we stopped here. Walking across the Hoover Dam, crossing between Arizona and Nevada - it all added up to a worthwhile experience. I felt incredibly small yet humbled by this man-made structure that to this day supplies power to the surrounding area.

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