Hoover Dam Facts 2022: Explosion rocks National Landmark

Hoover Dam Facts 2022: Explosion rocks National Landmark

A transformer exploded on July 20 at Hoover Dam, one of America’s largest hydroelectric facilities. The flames were quickly extinguished.

The Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel on the Colorado River that straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada.

Electricity produced at the Hoover Dam flows to 8 million people in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.

The Hoover Dam is one of the tallest concrete dams in the US at 726 feet (221 meters). Each of its 17 generators can supply electricity to 100,000 households.

As many as 20,000 vehicles drive across the wide top of the dam in a single day.

The National Historic Landmark is seen in films including ‘Transformers’ and ‘Fools Rush In’.

At its base, the dam is 660 feet thick. That’s longer than 2 football fields end-to-end! On top, Hoover Dam is 45 feet thick.

Nevada’s Boulder City didn’t exist before the Hoover Dam project. The city was built in 1930 to house the 5,000 workers building the dam.