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A Mighty Feat of Engineering…and Railroads

It took a mighty feat of human engineering – and railroads – to harness the mighty Colorado River. Nine steam and four gas locomotives and 71 people were used to operate the 30 mile railroad system that was built for the construction of the Hoover Dam. When the dam opened in 1935, is was one of the largest man-made structures in the world. The tracks were dismantled in 1962, but the original tunnels and trail are on the National Register of Historic Places even today reminding visitors of the historic role railroads played in Nevada’s history.