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Prelinger Archives: Boulder Dam (C. 1950) [electronic resource]

Prelinger Archives
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This Prelinger Archives film documents the logistical and construction process that created Boulder Dam, now called Hoover Dam. Completed in 1936, the dam was the world's largest hydroelectric power generating station and the world's largest concrete structure (although in 1945 it was surpassed in both respects by the Grand Coulee Dam.) The film depicts the blasting procedures necessary to begin construction, visits worker housing and meal facilities, shows how equipment and materials were transported to work sites, and highlights the often daring and sometimes deadly feats of physical labor that workers performed. The exterior and inner workings of the finished dam are also explored in detail.
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35 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Boulder Dam (c. 1950)
Boulder Dam (c. 1950) (35:00)
Footage provided by U.S. Department of Labor.
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1950.
Publisher no.
41797 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (35 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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