Building the Dam Story

At the end, if there is success, one wonders how. Through this wonder one discovers the story. This blog is dedicated to that discovery.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Hoover Dam

An art deco dam in the desert built in the 1930's presently bears the name Hoover Dam. To me however, the dam deserves to be called something pastiched, ancient layered by new, like The Waterbydam.
As much as a dam represents the end of a river as it naturally flows, the need for fresh water to keep millions of people hydrated, nourished, fed and clean obviously demands water management. Look at any ancient civilization and you'll find that when water ran out, so did the civilization.
In 1931, the Hoover dam became a project the U.S. government supported by allowing six companies to band together and win a bid to put depression-fueled unemployed men back to work. The work began late spring and was fierce under the desert heat. Backbreaking as well. But hungry men with an ambition to earn their keep found steady work at a pay they felt they had to rationalize. Despite themselves, the dam would be built...