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Reclamation and the Arid West (1936)

In this old Department of the Interior film, watch builders harness the power of the Colorado as they construct Boulder Dam, better known as Hoover Dam. Transcript (PDF): CREATED BY Department of the Interior. Division of Motion Pictures. SUMMARY This film shows the Colorado River, electric power transmission lines, and a steel plant in operation. A train brings materials, fuel, and workmen to Boulder City to build Boulder Dam. Close-ups are shown of buckets on cable cars dumping cement into the coffer dam. Included are views of the power lines and towers at the dam site, the switches to control the power, and the completed dam; and the farms, homes, and orchards made possible by power and water from the dam. ARC ID 11674 LOCAL IDENTIFIER 48.43 REPOSITORY: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. For information about ordering reproductions of moving images held by the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, visit: SUBJECTS Building; Dams; Irrigation; Military bases; Steel industry and trade Department of the Interior. Bureau of Reclamation.(06/20/1923 -11/06/1979 ), Producer Boulder City (Clark county, Nevada) Colorado River MORE INFORMATION: More information is available in the National Archives online catalog:
Length: 04:56


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