Bryan - Hoover Dam Chapter 3

Bryan - Hoover Dam Chapter 3 - Chapter 3 "To Turn a...

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Chapter 3 “To Turn a River” Of all the operations that would be part of the building of the dam, diverting the Colorado River would be the most important and difficult. The riverbed had to be exposed, pumped dry, and excavated down to bed rock so that the foundation and powerhouse could be poured and constructed. A mile of riverbed would have to be sealed off for 4 years. 4 gigantic tunnels, each lined with 3 feet of concrete, would have to be driven through the solid rock of Black Canyon. These were called diversion tunnels because they would divert the Colorado River around the area where the dam was to be built. If these weren’t completed by October 1, 1933, Six Companies would have to pay $3,000 for every day it ran over. Frank Crowe hired “Woody” Williams” to be second in command on the dam job. He was known to the men as the” Bull of the River ”. It was his job to supervise the blasting crews so the tunnels could be completed. By the time excavation was moving forward on all 4 tunnels, up to
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