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 first authorized in 1928, constructed between 1931 and 1936, and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over a hundred lives. In 1947, the name was changed to Hoover Dam, after Herbert Hoover who had been President when construction began.
Hoover Dam in The Hot WarEdit
Las Vegas was targeted for atomic bombing by the Soviet Union on March 2, 1951, but local air-defense was able to shoot down the bomber. In all likelihood, the Soviets weren't actually trying to bomb Las Vegas, but rather the Hoover Dam, which was located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from the city.
Hoover Dam in Southern VictoryEdit
In 1943, during the Second Great War, Boulder Dam was a target of a Confederate aerial raid launched from Sonora. The Dam attack was just a smokescreen for the bombing raid on the U.S. superbomb facility at Hanford, Washington.