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Construction on the Boulder Dam (later [controversially] called the Hoover Dam for President Hoover—that Great Engineer of the Great Depression) began on this date in 1930 under the direction of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser.  Note, if you would, that 1930 was smack-dab in the middle of the Great Depression—but at least the workers weren’t so depressed that they malingered over the construction; the dam was finished a full two years earlier than projected.  At the price of 112 workmen (and more, if one counts the 42 or so who died of what was listed as “pneumonia,” for which, thank the gods, the Six Companies construction corporation did not have to compensate their families), and the endangerment of any number of local fauna adapted to the regular flooding of the Colorado, which flooding promptly subsided into Lake Mead.  Oh, progress.  But still, take a look at the dam, if you must.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: September 30, 1935
From: Boulder City, NV
SC #774

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: June 20, 2008
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Carl Herrman
Illustrated by: Dan Cosgrove
SC #4269