Hoover Dam was built during the Depression and completed in 1935. Hoover Dam is a multipurpose reclamation project on the ... More
Hoover Dam was built during the Depression and completed in 1935. Hoover Dam is a multipurpose reclamation project on the Colorado River, controlling floods, storing water for irrigation and providing generation of hydroelectric power, fish and wildlife habitat. This world-renowned structure has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. For the Discovery Tour, adults (17-61 years) can pay $11, seniors (62+) $9, juniors (7-16 years) $9, US Military (adults & seniors) $9 and children (0-6 years) can enter for free. The Dam tour is not wheelchair accessible.
This ia an amazing place. You will see one of the greatest examples of a public works project done right. To call it a tourist trap is a misrepresentation.
It is a great tourist destination for a couple of hours.
The hoover dam is amazing. We took a tour from a flyer we got on the strip. The tour was overbooked so we got bumped up to the deluxe package for free. We had plenty of time to tour the dam, and then get back on the bus to head back. It was extremely hot the day we went, but inside the dam and on the tour it was airconditioned. The drive out was just as great as the tour of the dam. The tour guides were knowledgeable and answered many questions.
No doubt Hoover dam is the most famous dam in the world. It's not the biggest most luxurious, or anything that would make it so famous, it's simply because it so close to the city of lights - Las Vegas. It's a worthy trip, although somewhat expensive for the added value, to witness one of the greatest achievement of the human kind to harness nature. In this day an age, it's still a marvel of ingenuity.
The guided tour - dry, and inundated with fact, was carried out by people who've gave the sense it's been the hundred gazillion time the speech was given (which is true no doubt), but the fact themselves are interesting. Something the whole place is lacking, or I wasn't able to find it, is the number of people lost during the construction of the place, or a healthy argument of why not to build a dam. The whole place was build to demonstrate how building the dam revived the area, but there's no demonstration of any bad side effects.
Over all, it's so close to Las Vegas, you're just wasting an opportunity to witness a nice place to visit. Recommended....
First of all, this was our first time in Las Vegas. The town was spectacular and we spent a lot of money there. However, our visit to Hoover Dam was an experience that we will never forget and it has soured our entire vacation in Nevada.
This incident occurred on Wednesday, 22 June, and it involved my son, Aaron, and one of the security guards at Hoover Dam.
Witnessing this incident was my mother, father, wife, daughter, my son, along with hundreds of other visitors who were there to tour the dam and myself.
At the security area, a �QI� security guard approached my son. My son, Aaron, was told to remove his shirt, which he did so. I had assumed at first that this was over a security check, and would have complied to the fullest if this were the case, but it would prove NOT to be over a security issue.
Two of the guards were laughing at my son and his T-shirt and he was told to remove the shirt and wear it inside out. His shirt said, �sucks to be you�. My son, embarrassed over this incident where he had to remove his shirt in front of well over a hundred people, was unfairly picked out. Amongst those visitors, several of them were also laughing. My son was made a public spectacle. My son was embarrassed.
My son�s privacy was flagrantly violated as well as his First Amendment rights. The shirt was merely displaying his freedom of expression and it was not a security threat nor was it offensive. My son has worn this same T-shirt to school without question.
One of the women at the ticket desks told us that the guard had acted out of line and she had never seen that happen before. She felt bad for my son and told us to talk to one of the tour guides, but we never had a chance to do that since the tour moved quickly. All we got to see on the tour was the generator room and nothing else.
My questions to the authority at Hoover dam is this:
1. What authority does a guard have, telling my son to remove an article of clothing in front of hundreds of visitors, where his privacy was flagrantly violated?
2. How would �QI� security handle this incident if it involved a female visitor?
There are no appropriate signs warning people to not wear �offensive� or �vulgar� apparel at the Hoover Dam site.
My son has been embarrassed to the utmost over this incident. He now has an unfavorable outlook on the entire Hoover Dam Site, as well as our family. We are now telling friends and family not to visit the Hoover Dam when they go visit Las Vegas.
3. Why are your guards concerned (and entertained) over a T-shirt than seeking terrorist bombs?
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