A total of 112 deaths were reported during the period of the dam's construction. The first man to die was the surveyor himself, while the last man to die was none other than his son.
A lot of exhibitions are held all year round at the museum.

You can also rent the atrium, museum main lobby, WhistleStop room, courtyard patio, Independence Room, White House Decision Center, Theater, Museum and Grounds, and the Auditorium to organize corporate events, picnics, meetings, educational programs, seminars, etc. The availability and the charges for each venue differ, and there is also a restriction on the timings for which you can rent it.

The library and museum authorities encourage educational institutes and youth to come in a group of 15 or more members. With a concessional entry fee and a guided tour by a docent, a group tour becomes a learning and fun activity for the visitors.

Teachers who book the guided tours receive an education packet from the museum authorities.

Adults can also plan group tours and enjoy concessional entrance fees, provided that they book their tour in advance.

The museum and library offer volunteer programs for different positions, including administrative clerk, audiovisual assistants, hospitality host/hostess, archives assistants, etc.

Eat, Drink, Collect
There are a lot of restaurants near the library that serve multiple cuisines, owing to the varied tastes of the tourists coming to the city. The nearest outlets are HiBoy Drive-In, Mugs Up Root Beer Drive In, Gates Bar B-Q, V's Italiano, Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Minsky's Pizza, etc.

Tourists can opt to stay at one of the following hotels that are close to the museum: Best Western Truman Inn, Econo Lodge, American Inn, Quality Inn and Suites, Crossland Economy Studios, Fairfield Inn, etc.

Collectibles are sold to the museum visitors at the Gift Store of the museum. You can buy a wide range of books, t-shirts, note-cards, Truman necktie and bust, stickers, postcards, mugs, keyring, bracelets, bags, and many other gifts and souvenirs.

Best Time to Visit

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is open all year long, except on three days: Thanksgiving Day, New Year Day, and Christmas.

The facility opens on 09:00 am and closes down by 05:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. On Sunday, the facility is open from noon till 05:00 pm. The operating hours of the facility are extended till 09:00 pm on every Thursday from the months of May through August.

The research room at the library is open from 08:45 am to 04:45 pm from Monday to Friday. It can be accessed on Saturday from 08:45 am to 12:45 am through prior appointment which must be made by Thursday.

The entrance fee for adults is $8 and $7 for senior citizens (aged 65 and above). Children between 6-15 years of age are charged $3 while below 5 are given free entry. Entrance to the museum store is free for all.

You can also become a member of the library by paying a fee of $35. Once you become a member, you will be entitled to several benefits, including, but not limited to free admission to all the presidential libraries administered by NARA, 10% discount on all items purchased from the museum store, invitations to several events, etc.

The facility provides free wheelchairs to visitors on a first come first serve basis. Visitors are free to use their cameras inside the library and museum premises but using flash is not permitted.

How to Reach

The library is located at a distance of 35 miles from the airport at the Kansas City. From the airport, you can board a bus or hire a taxi to reach to the museum. There are several routes from the airport to the library and you can refer to the city map or ask locals for assistance.

Dams are important source of water for the nearby cities. These dams store water and allow the residents to use it in the future. People have always tried to store as much water as possible and maintain the dams in a way that they remain useful for several decades and centuries. Hoover Dam, a very old dam built in the USA, is one very significant dam built in the early nineteenth century.

The Hoover Dam is located on a canyon named as the Black Canyon on the riverHoover Dam Colorado. It shares its boundaries with the border of Nevada and Arizona.

In the late eighteenth century, a water resource was needed to fulfill the growing demand of the Southwest that was undergoing tremendous growth. The authorities saw the river Colorado as the source which could help in providing water for irrigation. A canal was built during this period which allowed to divert the water stream to Mexico, where the settlements were able to reap its benefits. However, it was becoming expensive for the authorities to maintain the canal.

In the early nineteenth century, a catastrophe occurred when the water from the Colorado river filled the Salton Sea. Southern Pacific Railroad took the responsibility to handle this situation and spent $3 million. The organization expected that the Federal Government would reimburse the costs incurred in the stabilization of the canal. Another issue faced by the authorities were the disputes raised by the landowners.

With the passage of time, the Colorado river was found fit for being a resource for a hydro-electric power plant. An organization working in this domain spent considerable time to survey the river and identify its prospects. Due to constraints on electric power transmission, the project was hauled.

A photograph taken during the construction of The Hoover DamA couple of years later, the Reclamation Service, which is now known as the Bureau of Reclamation, eyed upon the river Colorado as a site to construct a dam though it rejected the proposal offered by Arthur Powell Davis.

In the proposal, he suggested the authorities to use dynamite which will help to bring down the walls adjoining the Boulder Canyon. Some portion of the debris remaining after this explosion would have been washed away by the sea, while the remaining could be used to build the dam. The Reclamation Service discarded the proposal on the grounds that the technique was not proven and it would not be a money saver.

A report authored by Davis regarding the construction of a dam as a measure to control floods and generate electric power was presented days after the initial proposal was rejected. It was stated in the report that the construction of the dam would be feasible if it was to be built on or near the Boulder Canyon, the authorities found it to be unsuitable.

The authorities zeroed in on Black Canyon after a lot of research though the project was still known as the "Boulder Canyon Project".

The bill was passed in 1928 after several efforts were made by the bureau andHoover Dam and surrounding area glowing in night lights representatives from political parties. $165 million was sanctioned for the construction of the Hoover Dam, named after Herbert Hoover, the then president of the USA.

The dedication ceremony was held on September 30, 1935. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech was attended by over 10,000 people. On the same day, a three-cent stamp was also issued to mark the opening ceremony of the dam.

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