Recently, we embarked on our first day trip from Las Vegas. I was excited to see this piece of American history, although my four-year-old daughter was bored to tears (literally).
Art Deco design elements can be found everywhere you look when you visit Hoover Dam. The pair of bronze sculptures, called the “Winged Figures of the Republic,” help make the dam more than just an engineering marvel. Perhaps the sculptures were meant to serve as a reminder of both the accomplishment of building the dam and of the lives lost during construction.
We also had the opportunity to see the relatively new Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, which soars 900 feet above the Colorado River. We actually drove over this bridge during our move to Las Vegas. Walls prevent drivers from seeing Hoover Dam, but a pedestrian-only lane is available, which provides spectacular views. (Or so I imagine. We didn’t venture up to the bridge on this visit…mostly because it looks terrifying!)
Looking the other direction from Hoover Dam, visitors can see Lake Meade, America’s largest man-made reservoir. Water levels have been uncharacteristically low in recent years, as you can see by the line on the surrounding rocks. This is actually very worrisome, since most of the water used by the city of Las Vegas comes from Lake Meade.
I was prepared to be amazed by the size of the dam, but I was surprised by the fascinating art and the stunning views.
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