Before the Hoover Dam could be built the Colorado River had to be diverted through tunnels. This piece of equipment, named a Jumbo Rig, was designed to speed up the tunnel drilling process. Built on the back of a 10-ton truck, 24 to 30 drills could be operated at once.
Workers on a “Jumbo Rig”at the Hoover Dam, 1930s
- WPA artists working on a national defense poster, 1941 — Share the History Love... A WPA artist prepares a poster on Syphilis for national defense program on March 20, 1941. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established by executive order of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on May 6, 1935. It replaced the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) as the federal government agency responsible for combating the [...]
- Newspaper boys cool off in a fountain, 1916 — Share the History Love... Newspaper boys cool off in a New York City park fountain in April 1916. Share the History Love... [...]
- Pumping water during a swirling dust storm, 1935 — Share the History Love... In this March 25, 1935 photo, children cover their faces during a swirling dust storm while pumping water in Springfield, Colo. The Dust Bowl was manmade, born of bad farming techniques across millions of acres in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas. Now, even as bad as the [...]
- A giant dust storm, 1937 — Share the History Love... A black and white photograph of a giant dust storm in 1937. Share the History Love... [...]
- Students take time for a sun and snow bath, 1936 — Share the History Love... Students of the NYA Federal Residence School take time out for a sun and snow bath and to have their pictures taken in 1936. Federal Residence School, sponsored by Idaho National Youth Administration (NYA), was located at Weiser, Idaho. Share the History Love... [...]