Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1930, construction on the Hoover Dam began, which became an epic five-year effort to construct one of the largest man-made structures in existence and made more difficult by its constant sucking   (history.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Hoover Dam, construction of the Hoover Dam, Colorado River, largest dam of its time, Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States, Arthur Powell Davis, Colorado River Compact  
•       •       •

1011 clicks; posted to Main » on 07 Jul 2021 at 12:59 PM (3 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



42 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2021-07-07 11:49:53 AM  
The Highwaymen - Highwayman
Youtube aFkcAH-m9W0
 
2021-07-07 11:58:56 AM  
I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

Fark user imageView Full Size


Fark user imageView Full Size


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-07-07 12:12:42 PM  
I was there a few weekends ago the day after it fell to the lowest level it's been at since it was filled. It was closed and I just walked around without seeing more than a few people. So quiet.

I went to Boulder City and found the 'museum' in an old hotel. Those workers were put through hell to build that thing. It's an amazing engineering and construction feat.
 
2021-07-07 12:20:19 PM  
There's enough concrete in that dam thing to make a 2 lane highway from Seattle to Miami. Or so I've read.
 
2021-07-07 1:02:03 PM  
And now it's a complete waste because California just hogs up all the water.
 
2021-07-07 1:02:39 PM  

optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]


I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.
 
2021-07-07 1:02:46 PM  

optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]


Hoover created the WPA?
 
2021-07-07 1:04:52 PM  
Those guys went out to their dam jobs so they could get their dam pay and say they were there, dam it.
 
2021-07-07 1:04:55 PM  
To bad it won't be holding back water in 5 years ,, ya know why ,, CAUSE THERE WON"T BE ANY YA FARKING DAM MORONS.

YOU LIVE IN A DESERT- JUMP IN THIS U-HAUL
 
2021-07-07 1:06:47 PM  

Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?


Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.
 
2021-07-07 1:07:59 PM  
How's that Three Gorges Damn holding up after less than a decade?

Everything I've read about it didn't seem great.
 
2021-07-07 1:09:23 PM  
If anyone needs any more proof that socialism never works, it is hydroelectric power.

Cheesegrate, libaroonies.
 
2021-07-07 1:12:10 PM  

optikeye: Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?

Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.


Article states construction started in 1930.   FDR was inaugurated Mar of 1933.  Tfa should have told you.
 
2021-07-07 1:12:19 PM  

optikeye: Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?

Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.


For stiggingit purposes only
 
2021-07-07 1:14:40 PM  

Eightballjacket: Article states construction started in 1930.   FDR was inaugurated Mar of 1933.  Tfa should have told you.


Yeah...but they didn't put in the sculptures until the tile was dry. I was talking about the artwork. Not the engineering.
 
2021-07-07 1:16:15 PM  

whither_apophis: optikeye: Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?

Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.

For stiggingit purposes only


Hoover was stigginit to himself?  The project started under Hoover' s admin, he was heavily involved.  It was all in the article.  Our schools are really failing farkers when it comes to history.
 
2021-07-07 1:16:50 PM  
If I remember correctly, the concrete is still curing...
 
2021-07-07 1:17:16 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Those guys went out to their dam jobs so they could get their dam pay and say they were there, dam it.


Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-07-07 1:20:03 PM  

Eightballjacket: optikeye: Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?

Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.

Article states construction started in 1930.   FDR was inaugurated Mar of 1933.  Tfa should have told you.


Construction was completed in 1935. I think we can assume the statues were added near the end.
 
2021-07-07 1:21:52 PM  
y.yarn.coView Full Size
 
2021-07-07 1:21:59 PM  
Fark user imageView Full Size
 
2021-07-07 1:23:19 PM  

optikeye: Eightballjacket: Article states construction started in 1930.   FDR was inaugurated Mar of 1933.  Tfa should have told you.

Yeah...but they didn't put in the sculptures until the tile was dry. I was talking about the artwork. Not the engineering.


When you said you love how the WPA "also" supported the arts, it sounds like you were giving the WPA credit for the construction as well as the art, when nearly all the construction  predated the WPA ( which was in 35). You also said it was "simply called Hoover Dam"  so.sounds like you didn't know it was his doing.
 
2021-07-07 1:25:39 PM  

Eightballjacket: whither_apophis: optikeye: Eightballjacket: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image image 850x1364]

[Fark user image image 400x252]

[Fark user image image 313x476]

Hoover created the WPA?

Frankie Roosevelt of course. The Dam was simply called "HOOVER DAM" ...they bullmoose out front should have told you.

For stiggingit purposes only

Hoover was stigginit to himself?  The project started under Hoover' s admin, he was heavily involved.  It was all in the article.  Our schools are really failing farkers when it comes to history.


You're right, schools are failing.

The dam was originally authorized under Coolidge and design work began then. Hoover signed the appropriation bill in 1930, and in 1947 the Republican Congress named it Hoover Dam

https://www.nps.gov/articles/nevada-a​n​d-arizona-hoover-dam.htm
 
2021-07-07 1:29:40 PM  
Meh. Doesn't compare to the infrastructure projects of today.
 
2021-07-07 1:31:50 PM  
I hope I have the terminology right here. I remember reading that, because concrete is exothermic and needs to release heat to set properly, they constructed water pipes through the structure to cool it after it was poured. The dam is so massive that if they hadn't done that, the concrete would still not have been fully set decades later.
 
2021-07-07 2:02:10 PM  
I'd love to see a dramatic miniseries on the build.  Has there been a movie made?
 
2021-07-07 2:14:57 PM  

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: And now it's a complete waste because California just hogs up all the water.


What do you think it was built for, to evaporate water in to the desert? To look pretty?

It was built to store water to be used.
 
2021-07-07 2:17:48 PM  
Hoover dam Clip
Youtube SnmX4f6VBRw
 
2021-07-07 2:22:32 PM  
And  100 years later, the dam was made obsolete by our existence.
Oops.  But hey, I'm sure that your next engineering marvels will totally undo all the damage we've done so far.

Goddamn, we are the greatest.
 
2021-07-07 2:57:25 PM  

optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]


In the state of WA, one half of 1% of the cost of all state construction projects is devoted to art. There's some really nice stuff accenting new overpasses and such.
 
2021-07-07 3:13:54 PM  

cryinoutloud: And  100 years later, the dam was made obsolete by our existence.
Oops.  But hey, I'm sure that your next engineering marvels will totally undo all the damage we've done so far.

Goddamn, we are the greatest.


Today's edition of Fark's favorite game: Stroke or Just Drunk?
 
2021-07-07 3:26:54 PM  

ImpendingCynic: I hope I have the terminology right here. I remember reading that, because concrete is exothermic and needs to release heat to set properly, they constructed water pipes through the structure to cool it after it was poured. The dam is so massive that if they hadn't done that, the concrete would still not have been fully set decades later.


According to Google:
Hoover dam continues curing even after 76 years. Concrete in the core portion of the gigantic Hoover dam in Nevada, USA is still continuing to cure according to engineers. That is in spite of the fact that the dam was built way back in 1935
 
2021-07-07 3:34:08 PM  

cryinoutloud: And  100 years later, the dam was made obsolete by our existence.
Oops.  But hey, I'm sure that your next engineering marvels will totally undo all the damage we've done so far.

Goddamn, we are the greatest.


Science and actual wet water was ignored for the '22 and '28 compact and law for political water and money. We are paying the price for this.

In the 20th Century, man conquered nature. In the 21st Century, nature allowed man to experience the consequences of that action.
 
2021-07-07 3:42:20 PM  

darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.


Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.
 
2021-07-07 3:44:35 PM  

docilej: darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.

Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.


*Google*

Well dang.
 
2021-07-07 4:04:30 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: In the state of WA, one half of 1% of the cost of all state construction projects is devoted to art. There's some really nice stuff accenting new overpasses and such.


And I'd wager 85% of that goes to Dale Chihuly.
 
2021-07-07 4:52:49 PM  
Fascinating place. The scale is just so big and I dig the art deco.

The last time I was there a couple douchebags were driving a Lamborghini and a Ferrari over the dam road revving their engines really loud. Then they'd turn around and do it again and again.
 
2021-07-07 5:33:52 PM  

Boojum2k: docilej: darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.

Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.

*Google*

Well dang.


You should read through it.

"In the District of Columbia, classical architecture shall be the preferred and default architecture for Federal public buildings absent exceptional factors necessitating another kind of architecture."

That's the reason. It was basically an "Every building should have rich Corinthian columns" executive order.
 
2021-07-07 5:35:19 PM  

Boojum2k: docilej: darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.

Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.

*Google*

Well dang.


And also "The President will personally review and reject any design he doesn't like" - which is a shiatty way to run an executive branch.
 
2021-07-07 6:21:19 PM  

Enigmamf: Boojum2k: docilej: darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.

Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.

*Google*

Well dang.

You should read through it.

"In the District of Columbia, classical architecture shall be the preferred and default architecture for Federal public buildings absent exceptional factors necessitating another kind of architecture."

That's the reason. It was basically an "Every building should have rich Corinthian columns" executive order.


Better than brutalism but still can do better.

And having the President, any of them, also be an art critic seems pretty daft. Of course, Trump, so daft is par for the course.
 
2021-07-07 6:49:23 PM  

docilej: darch: optikeye: I do love how the WPA also supported the arts on the project. These are some lovely Deco sculptures and art works.

[Fark user image 850x1364]

[Fark user image 400x252]

[Fark user image 313x476]

I hate to be "that guy", but it's a shame there's been such a disconnect between art and projects like these. Everything is so... utilitarian now. Not thought to beauty. Just brutalism.

Biden overturned the 2020 "Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture" executive order.


"Biden's nullification of the order comes on the heels of push back from civic design organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In a statement released by AIA, who commended President Biden for the nullification, AIA 2021 President Peter Exley, FAIA said, "By overturning this order, the Biden Administration has restored communities with the freedom of design choice that is essential to designing federal buildings that best serve the public."
In solidarity with the civic design fields, Americans for the Arts had released a statement on Inclusivity in the Design of Our Built Environments on Dec. 28, 2020, joining AIA, ASLA and others in condemning Trump's executive order."

Not quite the scandal you seem to want it to be, friend.
 
2021-07-07 10:09:14 PM  
Some of my relatives were brought in to manage the project because of the high death count in the early days. The head builder of the project owned the house used in the Beverly hillbillies.
 
Displayed 42 of 42 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.