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Somethin' to Write Home About: Distant Love: Hoover Dam

An exhibit featuring letters from the Regional History Center Collections

Boulder Dam Hotel Brochure

Brochure from the Boulder Dam Hotel, where Arthur Nielsen stayed while working at the Boulder (Hoover) Dam.  1937.

 

Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family Collection.  RC 275, Box 15, Folder 3.

Distant Love: Hoover Dam

March 24, 1937

Arthur Nielsen, engineer for Woodard Governor Company (Rockford, IL) was called to aid in installation of six hydroelectric actuators for the Hoover (Boulder) Dam.  The project took over nine months, a much greater time period than anticipated.  Although he seems to enjoy the work, he is anxious to be home again and continually expresses this in his letters with great tenderness toward his wife.  In this particular letter, Nielsen pridefully also describes a picnic that he cooked for, providing his family with details of his daily life while separated from them.  1937.

Dr. Giles Paddock Ransom Family Collection.  RC 275, Box 15, Folder 3.