Kenneth Slaught Examines the History of Hoover Dam’s Construction

The dam was partially to help agricultural regions in COlorado from flooding.

Built during the American Great Depression period, between 1931 and 1936, Hoover Dam is America’s prominent hydroelectric power station located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, that was originally called Boulder Dam and later renamed to honor President Herbert Hoover. Acknowledging the great impact of this landmark architectural structure on local communities’ access to water and energy resources, California-based property developer Kenneth Slaught has recently shared an insightful view of the history of development of Hoover Dam. On his blog at, he emphasized that the massive water capacity of the dam had helped transform some of America’s most deserted outposts into fast growing economies.

Due to the constant flood of the Colorado River over agricultural regions located under this river and a growing water need in the state of California, the U.S. Government thought in the construction of a dam to prevent these agriculture affectations and to generate enough water for the country’s southwest states. One of the biggest challenges for the construction was the partition of the Colorado River water between seven states where its water passed - California, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 1922, a commission integrated by a government figure, which at the time was the Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover, and a deputy from each of these seven states, negotiated the Colorado River division and settled an agreement for the construction of the dam. In 1928, former president Calvin Coolidge officially approved the project and shortly after that in 1930, with Herbert Hoover as the United States president the construction of this structure commenced.

The construction agreement was adjudicated to the Six Companies, Inc. The Colorado River, as per agreement, needed to be deflected through four tunnels, each one being 17 meters in diameter. For the construction of the dam wall, the rocks where the wall is now located had to be removed with dynamite. Two years after the project started, the first concrete was poured into the dam for the wall formation. Overall, 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete had been used in the dam by the time the concrete pouring officially ended on May 29, 1935. Some say that the amount of concrete used in Hoover Dam, if paved on a regular highway, would be enough to build a road from New York to San Francisco, or else if paved in a standing position, it would be higher than the Empire state Building.

While Kenneth Slaught respectfully emphasizes the dedication that has been put in this keystone project, he also notes the human loss widely acknowledged throughout the history of the construction of the dam. During the implementation period, 112 people died at the Hoover Dam. Deaths were related to the high heat in that area, carbon monoxide poisoning, dynamite explosions, among other reasons.

Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenneth Slaught has been in the industry for more than four decades. A dedicated investment strategist, he manages more than 3 million square feet of property throughout California. With total transactions valued above $1.2 billion, Investec has grown to become one of Santa Barbara’s leading real estate firms. An avid philanthropist, Mr. Slaught is involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including Hospice of Santa Barbara, the Music Academy of the West. Contributing to the benefit of youth in the area, he dedicates considerable time to these and other worthy causes.

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