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Boulder City and Hoover Dam

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Boulder City / Hoover Dam

Boulder City
Boulder City was built by the federal government to house the thousands of workers who were building the Hoover Dam project in the 1930s. In order to keep these workers away from the temptations of Las Vegas, Boulder City was founded and gambling was made illegal. This quaint town remains the only community in Nevada were gaming is still illegal.

Management and maintenance crews of Hoover Dam are now the predominant residents of Boulder City. This unique town is a vibrant community, with a movie theater, numerous gift shops, parks and a historic hotel. Call the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce for more information 702.293.2034 or visit

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam- is one of the seven man-made wonders of the world. The dam is 727 feet high (70 stories) and 660 feet thick. Construction of the dam required 4.4 million cubic yards of concrete (which is enough to build a two lane highway from San Francisco to New York). In 1928 Congress appropriated $165 million in funds to build the Boulder Dam project for two purposes: flood control and the generation of electricity. Originally called Boulder Dam, it was renamed for Herbert Hoover, Secretary of Commerce, during the critical planning stages of the project. Completed in 1935, this gravity dam holds back the mighty Colorado River and forms the largest man-made lake, Lake Mead. Hoover Dam is located 40 miles from Las Vegas on Highway 93. Tours are available and they leave every few minutes from the exhibit building at the top of the dam. Regular Tour adults $8, senior citizens $7. Kids 6-16 $2 Tours daily from 8-5:15 (702) 293-8367.

Lake Mead Recreation Area
Lake Mead is the largest man-made lake in the country. It is created by Hoover Dam holding back the waters of the Colorado River. Its surface covers 229 square miles and its irregular shoreline extends 550 miles. Lake Mead is located off of Highway 93. The National Park Service can give you details on the lake's recreational activities and facilities. Call 702.293.8906 or visit

Lake Mead Cruises has a 250-passenger stern-wheeler that voyages to the lower portion of the lake; breakfast, cocktails, and dinner with dancing are available on some of the cruises. Located at Lake Mead Marina, cost $14.50-$43 adults, $6-$12 for children 3-12. Call 702.293.6180 or visit

A five minute drive along the shore will bring you to Lake Mead Marina. Here you will be able to rent boats, relax on the beach, use the camping facilities, shop in the a gift store and eat at the restaurant. 702.293.3484

A drive about an hour will take you along the north shore where you will find five more marinas. When you reach the upper arm of the lake, about a mile past Overton Beach, look for the sign announcing the Valley of Fire Visitor Center.

Hoover Dam Photo
Hoover Dam Completed 1935


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