Hoover Dam: The Historic Construction

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If the Hoover Dam retains an iconographic status on the American landscape, its erection -- spanning 1931-1936 -- has grown into a piece of historical myth, generating legendary, often jaw-dropping stories of workmen tunneling in the depths of the imposing Black Canyon, hanging thousands of feet above ground to clear debris from the rock walls, strategizing about the most effective engineering methods of transporting wet concrete into the monument, executing those strategies, and -- in the process -- risking life...
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Hoover Dam stands as one of the ten greatest Civil Engineering feats of the 20th Century. When built, it was the tallest dam in the world and was surpassed in size only by the ... pyramids of Egypt. The story of its construction is one of daring heroism as men toiled in the unrelenting desert heat, far removed from the comforts of home. This production includes the classic 1930s black &white film on the construction of the dam featuring footage of every aspect of the project: the initial work in the depths of Black Canyon, tunneling of diversion tunnels, the drama of men hanging in mid-air clearing the canyon's walls of debris prior to the pouring of concrete, and the ingenious systems developed for getting wet concrete to the dam site-all in an environment where 120 degree temperatures were common place. Breathtaking contemporary color footage reveals the internal workings of the dam as well as the new, stunningly situated Visitor Center. See how the early 20th Century generators, turbines, and water-wheels are controlled by state-of-the-art computerized technology. In addition, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is examined. Visited by 9 million visitors a year, it has become a world-class destination that attracts water-sports enthusiasts from all over the world. Read more Show Less

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If the Hoover Dam retains an iconographic status on the American landscape, its erection -- spanning 1931-1936 -- has grown into a piece of historical myth, generating legendary, often jaw-dropping stories of workmen tunneling in the depths of the imposing Black Canyon, hanging thousands of feet above ground to clear debris from the rock walls, strategizing about the most effective engineering methods of transporting wet concrete into the monument, executing those strategies, and -- in the process -- risking life and limb to create one of the most astounding man-made monuments not only of the century, but of the millennium. The new documentary Hoover Dam: The Historic Construction intercuts the infamous and harrowing mid- to late '30s footage of the monolith's construction with contemporary sequences that carry audiences behind the dam's facade to reveal the internal mechanisms that propel it. The film showcases how today's engineers utilize cyber technologies to control the machinery implemented in the first half of the twentieth century.
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  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • UPC: 820337305070
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Source: Total Content
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 45:00
  • Format: DVD

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