Built during the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam was designed to provide hydroelectric power and control the flow of the Colorado river. At a time of poverty and unemployment, the project provided a vast number of jobs, but chief engineer Frank Crowe's punishing methods took their toll on the workforce - 112 of whom lost their lives
Throughout human history, mankind has built monuments to its ingenuity and skill. In Egypt it was the Pyramids. Rome, built the Colosseum. The Greeks built the Acropolis. The great cathedrals of Europe raised the skills of their builders to unequalled heights, creating awe inspiring structures. In the Americas, the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and the high mountain city of Machu Pichu speak to the skill and ingenuity of their builders. In the modern era, it's buildings that reach near half a mile into the sky, bridges that stretch enormous distances in a single span, and machines that extend mankind's reach far into space. One monument that must surely be counted among the great achievements of mankind is Hoover Dam.