CASTLE Bonus Program: Hoover Dam
Name: CASTLE Bonus Program: Hoover Dam
Date: August 9, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT
Trip Builder: View Trip
Join us for our CASTLE Bonus Program, a live virtual program provided by the Senior Learning Network. CASTLE Bonus Programs are provided the first four Tuesdays of every month and are included in your CASTLE Membership. We are happy to finally have our program with Hoover Dam! Formerly called Boulder Dam, it is named in honor of Herbert Hoover, the U.S president during whose administration (1929–33) construction began on the dam and whose work as commerce secretary in the 1920s secured agreements necessary for the project to proceed. Erected during the Great Depression, the dam was a major endeavor that employed thousands of workers; around 100 fatalities occurred during its construction. Although legislation passed by Congress in 1931 officially named the dam for Hoover, officials in the succeeding administrations Franklin D Roosevelt, and Harry S Truman referred to it as Boulder Dam, its name during the planning stages before construction. In 1947 Truman signed a congressional resolution restoring the structure’s formal name to official use. Hoover Dam extends for 115 miles (185 km) upstream and is one of the largest artificial lakes in the world. The dam is used for flood and hydro-electric power, agricultural irrigation, and domestic water supply. It is also a major sightseeing destination, with some seven million visitors a year, almost one million of whom go on tours through the dam.