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The Hoover Dam

Author: BBC (Firm); Infobase,
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : BBC (Firm), New York, N.Y. : Distributed by Infobase, [2003] ©2003 2017.
Series: Seven Wonders of the Industrial World.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:Films on Demand.
Summary:
With its impassable canyons, dangerous rapids and severe seasonal variations that could reduce the western states to a desert, the Colorado River was one of the most dangerous and unpredictable rivers in the world. But in 1902, engineer Arthur Powell-Davis dreamed of creating the largest dam ever and taming the wild river. The scale of his ambition was matched only by the scale of his plan. Several engineers bid for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Internet videos
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: BBC (Firm); Infobase,
OCLC Number: 1021068440
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally released by BBC (Firm), 2003.
Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on July 18, 2017.
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Target Audience: 9 - 12, Academic/AP
Description: 1 online resource (1 video file (49 min., 50 sec.)) : sound, color
Contents: Future Site of Hoover Dam (2:49); Dynamics of Arch-Gravity Dams (2:59); Job Creation During Great Depression (3:09); Dangerous Work (2:27); Ragtown and Union Activism (4:21); Dam Workers Evicted (5:51); Lawsuit and Worker Housing (4:51); Boulder City (4:33); Dam Building Begins (5:00); Mistrial in Hoover Dam Lawsuit (5:49); Hoover Dam Completed (4:30); Credits: The Hoover Dam (0:52);
Series Title: Seven Wonders of the Industrial World.
Other Titles: Hoover Dam
Responsibility: BBC (Firm).

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With its impassable canyons, dangerous rapids and severe seasonal variations that could reduce the western states to a desert, the Colorado River was one of the most dangerous and unpredictable rivers in the world. But in 1902, engineer Arthur Powell-Davis dreamed of creating the largest dam ever and taming the wild river. The scale of his ambition was matched only by the scale of his plan. Several engineers bid for the project, but one man stood out--the ruthless and dedicated Frank Crowe. Many lives were lost as the entire Colorado River had to be diverted to make way for construction. Safety was sacrificed for speed. On February 1, 1935, the diversion tunnels were blocked. The Colorado resumed its natural course, and the dam went into operation. Frank Crowe, decked in glory, walked away with a $350,000 bonus. However, his great triumph had come at a cost. Throughout the four grueling years, over a hundred lives had been lost.

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