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How the 726-Foot-Tall Hoover Dam Was Built Ahead of Schedule

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How the 726-Foot-Tall Hoover Dam Was Built Ahead of Schedule

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The world's biggest dam at the time of its construction, Hoover Dam solved the problem of the overflowing Colorado river with sleek design and brilliant American engineering.

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    • 10:00pm
    Aug 30
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    • 7:00am
    Sep 04

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Nevada is known as a Wild West state that's still a little wild, but there's more to this ancient desert land than the City of Sin. This aerial tour highlights Nevada's vital role in the shaping of America, from the mines and ghost towns of its gold and silver rush, to its icon of American ingenuity: the Hoover Dam. Discover the highs and lows of Nevada's history, and the booms and busts that have defined it as the land of big builders and bigger dreamers.

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