1936 – Hoover Dam the first electric generator goes into full operation
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona.
Since about 1900, the Black Canyon and nearby Boulder Canyon had been investigated for their potential to support a dam that would control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power.
It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It began full operation on the 26th October 1936.
Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives.
The amount of electricity generated by Hoover Dam has been decreasing along with the falling water level in Lake Mead due to the prolonged drought in the 2010s and high demand for the Colorado River’s water.
Lake Mead fell to a new record low elevation of 1,071.61 feet (326.63 m) on July 1, 2016 before beginning to rebound slowly.
Extra Note: Originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933, it was officially renamed Hoover Dam for President Herbert Hoover by a joint resolution of Congress in 1947.
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