ROLLING SWIFTLY on its tortuous course through the hot, arid southwestern United States, battering its way through deep canyons, the Colorado was considered America's most dangerous river.
Man's desperate need of water caused him early to turn speculating eyes on the Colorado, but whenever he tampered with the river he brought disaster upon himself.
Farmers, tempted by fertile desert soil, tapped the Colorado for water to irrigate and create rich gardensand annually the river rose to destructive floods and annually, by fading away, it reduced the water supply upon which their lives and crops depended.
A great cry finally arose for the control and conservation of the waters of the Colorado, the most valuable natural resource of a desert empire.
The cry was answered: Reclamation engineers successfully mastered the Colorado with the most magnificent dam the world has ever seenBoulder Dam.*
The dramatic engineering achievement of building Boulder Dam has aroused great public interest. This booklet tries to satisfy that desire for information.
Last Updated: 01-Feb-2008