Friday, May 20, 2011

Photo: Hoover Dam Bridge Span

Here is a photo of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge that I mentioned a couple of days ago. Its official name is the Mike O'Callahan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. This is the second tallest bridge in the USA, 840 ft. (260 m.) above the Colorado River.

Because the bridge links Arizona and Nevada, each state got to suggest a name for the bridge in late 2004. O'Callahan was a decorated Korean War veteran who was governor of Nevada from 1971 - 79 and was editor of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper until he passed away in 2004. Pat Tillman was a star football player for Arizona State University and the Arizona Cardinals. He gave up his lucrative professional football career to volunteer, along with his brother, for the Army after 9/11, and he was tragically killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. This causes one to reflect on how many professional athletes left their careers during World War II.

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7 comments:

Birdman said...

Interesting info this morning. I know little about that damn dam!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It seems to defy gravity that a bridge like that could stand up. I trust that they designed this to withstand any earthquakes. This is not that far from California.

Sharon said...

Great shot of this incredible structure.

Memphis MOJO said...

Amazing shot. So, which bridge is the tallest?

glenda said...

Beautiful bridge and again great information.

Jarart said...

This series of photos has been outstanding. I have to admit, going over the dam always made me a bit nervous. I haven't gone over the new bridge yet but watching it being built, I am not sure I will feel much better on it. I have been told that in a vehicle, you don't feel like you are that high up. We will see.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's been really interesting following this story with pictures and info Julie. I have suffered vertigo twice and now know a lot more about The Hoover Dam that I did before, thanks..

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