Hoover Dam Panoramic Picture Framed- Looking Downstream
This aerial panorama of Hoover Dam, with the Colorado River in the foreground, was taken by James Blakeway. Considered one of America's Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, the dam project was authorized by Congress in 1928 to control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power. Construction on the dam began in 1931 and was completed in 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule. The dam was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin Roosevelt, but was controversially named in honor of President Herbert Hoover. Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and attracts nearly a million people who tour the dam each year.