The architectural beauty of Hoover Dam is a feature you cannot deny. Over the years, we have visited many dams in Washington State on the Columbia and Snake rivers, and they are all business. There are no flourishes, just concrete and more concrete. But Hoover Dam is altogether different. The Art Deco touches on the marble floors, subway tiled tunneled walkways, and bronze statues makes this engineering marvel unique.
he dam is overpowering in height and width. Neither one of us can look over the railing without gasping.
Way, way too high.
We splurged on the deluxe tour of the dam taking you down into the bowels of the structure. The tour included walking through round tunnels too low for Mike to stand up in, and stairs ascending and descending with no end in sight. (We just looked; no climbing involved. Elevators provided transportation to different levels of the dam.)
We were led down one tunnel that took you to a louvered window right smack in the middle of the dam’s curved face looking down the Colorado River and up at the new freeway bridge.
For something built over 70 years ago, the dam is in perfect condition. A wonderful tribute to American labor and know-how.