It’s an epic period of American history – the building of the Hoover Dam. See life through the eyes of folks from all walks of life who built the Dam; travel 21 miles on Death’s Highway, to Sin City, Las Vegas where legal gambling, whorehouses and cold beer await.
Building the Hoover Dam led America and the world out of the Great Depression. Seemingly foreshadowed with the death of worker John G. Tierney from the beginning, it end with the death ofPatrick W. Tierney, thirteen years to the day in the same river. From Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt, seven American Presidents were personally involved in the building of the Dam. Larger than the Pyramids, more complex than the Great Wall of China, the Hoover Dam helped populate the western United States. America became the bread basket of the world. This dam controls floods and drought in seven states, provides electricity, fresh drinking water to irrigate 1/4 million square miles of new farm land. The weight of the water behind the dam moved planet earth a fraction out of balance.