Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon of the Colorado River, between the border of Nevada and Arizona. It was initially known as Boulder Dam and later on named after President Herbert Hoover. The construction was the result of the massive effort of thousands of workers and cost over one hundred lives. Its construction started during the Great Depression, between 1931-36 and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
And after 50 years, Hoover Dam is finally marked as a National Historic Landmark and is ranked at number 38th in the Dams list.
On 21st December 1928, President Coolidge granted the permission, though the construction began in the late 1930's.
Utah Construction Company
Pacific Bridge Company of Portland, Oregon
MacDonald & Kahn Ltd. of Los Angeles
Henry J. Kaiser & W. A. Bechtel Company of San Francisco
and J.F. Shea Company of Portland, Oregon.
Due to the dangerous working conditions, the workers collectively went on strike. The companies then tried to convince them by providing them with basic facilities like food, water and shelter. However, consumption of alcohol, gambling and taking sexual pleasure was banned on the construction site. The labours continued their fight for this.
Due to the release of obnoxious gases like carbon monoxide from the machines, workers were falling sick. When the companies tried to ignore this matter, workers took the matter to the court with the help of media.
He fell into the river, and just 13 days after his death, his son also died during the building process. In all 96 deaths occurred during the construction and two of the workers committed suicide.
Out of total deaths, a few were employed by the company; some were BOR employees, one was the visitor, and the remaining were the part of various contacts.
It is a great source of power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.