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What was the total cost of the Hoover Dam?


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2009-03-03 16:13:50
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As approved by Congress in the Boulder Canyon Project Act, $165,000,000 was authorized to complete the Boulder Canyon Project which includes the Imperial Dam, Hoover Dam and the American Canal. The Hoover Dam portion was $49,000,000. You can also visit this website for more info:



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