HOOVER DAM POWERPLANT TOUR
DATE: MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
TIME: TOUR 1: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM APPROX.
(check-in at 7: 30 AM at the Shuttle Bays outside the Central Halls, Las Vegas Convention Center – bus leaves promptly at 8:00 AM)
TOUR 2: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM APPROX.
(check-in at 12: 30 PM at the Shuttle Bays outside the Central Halls, Las Vegas Convention Center – bus leaves promptly at 1:00 PM)
FEE: $60.00 PER TOUR – SPACE IS LIMITED (Approx. 60-minute bus ride each way; transportation included)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 13, 2015 (no registrations will be allowed after this date)
Just a short drive from the glitter and glamour of Vegas, the amazing Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst
of adverse conditions. Built during the Great Depression between 1931 and 1935, thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado
River. It took less than 5 years to build the largest dam of its time.
Now, 70 years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. Hoover Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been called one of the Seven
Engineering Wonders of the Modern World. This engineering marvel not only enabled the industrial development of the Pacifc Southwest, but it also forms Lake
Mead, the largest man-made reservoir in the Western Hemisphere. History comes to life as you tour the interior of this 72-story structure, see its power plant, and
view some fascinating exhibits.
Before your guided tour of Hoover Dam, you will have a short presentation on how the west was won with water and give you some background history on the
building of the magnifcent Hoover Dam. Next, your guide will take you over 500’ down one of our enormous elevators to the Nevada wing of the power plant,
where you overlook the massive 7-story tall generators. Then, on into the adit where you are standing on the top of a giant 30-foot pipe, feeling the rush and
hearing the rumble as the water races through them.
From there you will go on your own out to the Observation Deck on top of the Tour Center, where you can view the river fow, the lake and the massive expansive
of the Hoover Dam or stay inside and check out our new interactive exhibit displays.
Next, it’s across the street and on to the Winged Figures of the Republic, where you will learn about the bronze statues and the amazing star map that is inlaid into
Terrazzo tile at the base of the 142 foot tall fag pole.
After that, on to the Old Exhibit building; built in the 1940’s and used to house the soldiers during World War II, it has an expansive topographical map showing the
entire length of the Colorado River as it winds its way from Wyoming down into Mexico.
The Intake Tower presentation is the fnal stop on the tour is the center of the dam, where an automated presentation will explain how the water gets from the
lake, past the dam, through the generators and carries on its way downstream. You will also learn of the beautiful Art Deco, the style of the 1930’s in which the
dam was modeled, you expect to see Captain Marvel jettisoning out with his rocket ship at any moment!
HOOVER DAM POWER FACTS
The dam and powerplant is operated and maintained by the US Bureau of Reclamation. There are 17 main turbines in powerplant. The original turbines were all
replaced during an upgrade program between 1986 and 1993. The plant has a nameplate capacity of 2,074,000 kilowatts. The power generation part of the plant
was completed in 1961. There are ffteen 178000 HP, one 100000 HP, and one 86000 HP Francis-type vertical hydraulic turbines. There are thirteen 130000 k W, two
127 k W, one 61500 k W, and one 68500 k W generators. All machines are operated at 60 cycles. There are also two 2400 k W station-service units driven by Pelton
water wheels. These provide electrical energy for lights and for operating cranes, pumps, motors, compressors, and other electrical equipment within the dam,
the powerplant and visitor center.