Hoover Dam, one of man’s greatest building achievements is just 45 mins away from fabulous Las Vegas! Enjoy the spectacular view while eating a soft serve ice cream twist ( sold at the circular concession stand by the gift shop).
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Parking is free on the Arizona side on the hill.
This is Henry Ried’s Bridge. Even if he owns most of the land this new highway is going through, it is a good idea. The traffic on the dam is very noticeable.
(I am an Aquarius in case you were wondering) The dam has a great history. Architect Gordon B. Kaufmann requested artist Allen Tupper True to decorate and design the walls, but it was Oskar J.W. Hansen who added the “star map” and several of the sculptures on and around the dam. I admire Oskar J.W. Hansen’s work the most because he based his work on visitors from another world. Hansen wanted his work to express “the immutable calm of intellectual resolution, and the enormous power of trained physical strength, equally enthroned in placid triumph of scientific accomplishment.” because “The building of Hoover Dam belongs to the sagas of the daring.”
The “star map” on the terrazzo floor, are the visible stars in the Northern Hemisphere as they were when the dam was dedicated by President Roosevelt on September 30, 1935. Future astronomers will know when this dam was built because of this ingenious “star map” regardless of language.
There is parking on the Nevada side, but you have to pay a small fee of seven dollars.
From Las Vegas you drive through Lake Mead National Park to get to Hoover Dam. Lake Mead has a lot of Carp, bring bread to feed them. I didn’t get any pictures of Lake Mead for some reason. We plan on camping out there so when we do I will be sure to take lots of pictures.