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Monday, November 24, 2008

Hoover Dam Express Mail Stamp Part I Of II

The Hoover Dam is a fantastic National Historic Landmark. It is great to see that it has joined the ranks of other such landmarks that have been honored with a postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service.

The Hoover Dam is located on the border of Arizona and Nevada on the Colorado River. It is an amazing structure that was completed in 1935. At the time, it was the largest dam ever built. As of today, it is the second largest. This structure provides electricity to surrounding states as well as California.

Boulder City, which was located in Nevada, was constructed as a city to house all of the workers who would spend years making the dam into reality. Once built, it was illegal to drink alcohol, gamble or engage in prostitution during the period of construction. It was not until 1969 that alcohol was sold in Boulder City. To this day, it is the only location in Nevada that does not allow any gambling.

The making of the Dam was crucial to families as the Great Depression was beginning and many people were out of work. At the time, there was no structure that had ever been constructed like the Hoover Dam. Engineers had their work cut out for them. It was estimated that the concrete would take 125 years to cure if left to its own devices. Special cooling coils were installed throughout the entire Dam to speed up the curing process.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion to this post.

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