Construction of the Boulder Dam
1931 to 1936
What Is The Boulder Dam?
Arthur Powell Davis, head of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, drew up plans for an ambitious dam-building project in 1922. More than 200 engineers worked to design the dam that would be constructed in Black Canyon.
Successes and Failures
Cons: More than 100 people died
Cost: 49 million dollars (with inflation 838 million dollars)
In 1928 Congress authorized the project. A company called Six Company Inc was the construction company chosen. The first concrete poured on the dam was on June 6th, 1933 (18 months ahead of schedule). Never before was such a large concrete structure built.