The two lakes, Mead and Mohave, humans have created in the desert not only mark the taming of the Colorado River, they are themselves a recreational resource of national significance and carry with them many stories. The stories are only recently a part of the Arizona-Nevada history, nevertheless the lakes seem to be timeless elements in this desert setting. Their ages may be measured in only decades, but they represent the culmination of an intimate association between human and the river that has lasted for centuries.
Lake Mead was created first, with the building of Hoover Dam in 1935; Lake Mohave followed, with the completion of Davis Dam in 1953. Together they provide a setting for many stories.