Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hoover Dam Bridge

The Hoover Dam bridge  was beautiful.   The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is an arch bridge in the United States that spans the Colorado River between the states of Arizona and Nevada.  We crossed this bridge when we had our road trip to Grand Canyon.  The kids were amazed because we were just looking at it when we were  exploring the Hoover Dam and to be able to cross it was a  thrilling experience for them.
They called this bridge the Hoover Dam Bypass Project during the construction but it is now named  the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. It was named to honor O’Callaghan,  a former governor of Nevada and a  former professional football player for the Arizona Cardinals, Tillman,  who joined the Army in 2002 and was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. 
According to desertusa.com, the bridge is suspended by a 1,060 foot, twin-rib concrete arch, the largest of its kind in North America, and is 1,900 feet long. The bridge is 890 feet above the Colorado River.
Aside from the Hoover Dam, the bridge is  also a beautiful  addition to this tourist spot.  I didn't notice it when we were there but there is actually a walkway along the bridge, it gives tourists a great view of the dam.  I wouldn't want to  walk there anyway, for one, height is not my thing and  it also said that it can be windy there as well.  


If you are visiting Nevada, I would suggest you include the Hoover Dam  in your list.  It's a great feeling to be able to see such an amazing  structure that took years to complete.  It's a magnificent  engineering project.  The Hoover Dam bridge is  an added bonus to see.

17 travelers' comments:

Masshole Mommy said...

That really is a lovely bridge. It is amazing what they can build, isn't it? The design on that bridge is truly spectacular.

Alli Smith said...

What a beautiful bridge! I've never been to the Hoover Dam before and that bridge is certainly a massive structure. I enjoyed learning more about the bridge and the area.

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

Taking the time to do and see some major building accomplishments that we have here in the U.S. is very important. The Hoover Dam is certainly one of these wonderful places to visit.

crownthequeen said...

It is so good to see that this is a good family trip destination. My husband and I have been considering taking our small kids here

AiringMyLaundry said...

This is so cool! I've always wanted to see this in person. One day I hope I can make it there.

Heather D said...

I have never been to Nevada but this would be my first stop if I ever go. It looks like an incredible structure.

Tomi Clark said...

We visit the Hoover Dam whenever we are in the Las Vegas area. It's not too far from the strip and a welcome change from the bright lights of the gambling mecca.

Jeannette said...

I have been wanting to go there for years! I am hoping that we can make a family trip out there in the next few years.

Sarah Honey said...

Looks like a fantastic trip. Would love to bring my family to see it.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

Those are beautiful shots! I visited the Hoover Dam many years ago but I was just a kid. Id love to take a trip there again.

Claudia Krusch said...

The Hoover Dam is beautiful to see in person. I am looking forward to seeing it again next year.

Franc said...

Hoover is the kind of place I would love to visit. I just like being outdoors and appreciating nature.

She Smiles Within said...

Its always interesting to see pictures of amazing structures but I bet it was even more breathtaking in person.

Ali || Veggies by Candlelight said...

I've never seen the Hoover Dam bridge! I have been wanting to go there for years, these pictures are great!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I have never been to those states. Were I to get there I would like to see the Hoover Dam, I have heard it's quite impressive.

Miss Angie said...

I visited the bridge at Hoover Dam a few years back, and it was so cool to see! Very high up there!

Debra said...

We took my kids to see it just year when we had a minute on a road trip. It is magnificent.

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