Modern Marvels

Season 6 Episode 27

Hoover Dam

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 12, 1999 on The History Channel
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Hoover Dam
By any measure, it was a daunting task to tame the Colorado River, the waterway that had carved out the Grand Canyon. To make things worse, the site chosen was in the middle of the desert, far removed from any towns or infrastructure. This episode ventures into the Southwestern Desert to tell the complete story of one of the seven engineering wonders of the world -- Hoover Dam. See incredible footage that documents every step of the monumental work of taming the Colorado to provide water and power to California, Nevada and Arizona. From the blueprints to reality, this is the story of the ingenuity and manpower that literally moved a river and sculpted a mountain of concrete. That it was completed in only seven years is all the more remarkable.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • From 1939 to 1949, Hoover Dam's power plant was the world's largest hydroelectric installation. It is still one of America's biggest facilities.

      • Herbert Hoover, champion and namesake of the dam, only visited it once during construction - in 1932.

      • Roughly a hundred workers lost their lives creating Hoover Dam. Coincidentally, the first and last persons killed on the site - J. G. Tierney and P.W. Tierney were father and son.

      • Lake Mead, the reservoir created by Hoover Dam, contains enough water to cover the entire state of Pennsylvania with one foot of water.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: The task monumental and for many, deadly. Building the world's largest dam in one of the most unforgiving climates on Earth. Nothing like it had ever been attempted. Now, Hoover Dam, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • William Schermerhorn
        Coordinator, Hoover Dam Guide Services

        Donald Bader
        Hoover Dam, Engineer

        Dan Pellouchoud
        Hoover Damn, Maintenance

        Tim Ulrich
        Area Mgr., U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

        Robert Johnson
        Reg. Dir., U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

        Robert Walsh
        U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

        Dennis McBride
        Author, "Building Hoover Dam"

        Pat Lappin

        Beth Young
        Hoover Dam Special Events Coordinator

        Lee Tilman
        Hoover Dam Operations Foreman

        Teddy Fenton
        Boulder City Resident

        Frank Carroll

        Herbert Hoover (archival footage)

        Franklin D. Roosevelt (archival footage)

        Gene Schultz
        U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Guide

        Ken Forman
        U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Guide

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Luke Ellis
        Writer: Richard Jones
        Producer: Luke Ellis
        Producer: Richard Jones
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Gloria L. Morris
        Editor: Sean Dash
        Editor: Andrew Corwin
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Lisa Blackwood Hope
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Amy Trahant
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Accountant: Judi Minitello
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Researcher: Barry Hill
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Jeff Taylor
        Camera: B.J. Scahill
        Field Audio: Denny Harris
        Field Audio: Ryan Lewis
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Tak Productions, INC
        Historical Consultant: U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

        Special Thanks:
        Black Canyon Adventures
        Frank Carroll
        Kelly Connor
        Ken Forman
        Sarah Irene
        Andy Pernick
        William Schermerhorn
        Marie Sullivan
        Wendy Walker
        Beth Young

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC
        1999 & 2005

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