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60 Rare Historical Photos That You Probably Haven't Seen Before

Uncategorized | January 16, 2019

The back of the Hoover Dam before it was filled with water in 1936.

Source: Reddit

Hoover Dam rests in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It's located on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed during the Great Depression - between 1931 and 1936. It didn't come easy; the construction involved thousands of workers and over one hundred, of those thousands of workers, lost their lives. It was was dedicated on September 30, 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and originally named: Boulder Dam. Then it got rebranded.  It was officially renamed Hoover Dam by a joint resolution of Congress in 1947 - in honor of, you guessed it,  President Herbert Hoover.

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