Completed in 1935, the Hoover Dam was constructed in order to ease the flow of water from the Colorado River and provide hydroelectric power and water along the southwestern United States. Yet the construction of the dam was very intense, and its workers were met with unsatisfactory working conditions: the temperature of the tunnels was as high as 140 degrees and riddled with carbon monoxide and dust, resulting in a six-day strike in August of 1931. Upon its completion, the Hoover Dam was the largest dam of its time and has served as a National Historic Landmark since 1985. The dam is also a popular tourist destination for recreational activities and receives millions of visitors each year.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.