April 9, 1941

PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame on this day while Dorothy Kirby wins comfortably by 16 strokes ahead of Helen Sigel at the LPGA Titleholders Championship Women’s Golf in Augusta CC.

Joel’s group is at Boulder Dam, aka Hoover Dam that day.

Incidentally, mid-1941 is also the time the dam stopped filling after 7 years, and Lake Mead was at the highest level, the last time the lake was full was in summer 1983.

I found 8 slides with the April 9, 1941 date and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that there are a few flowery images.

Blooming Joshua Tree, somewhere on the way to Boulder Dam, April 9, 1941

Joel forgot to put the Kodachrome in between the notches of the paper matte and the slide has shifted a bit over the years.

Flower in Death Valley, April 9, 1941.

Next images are from the Monument of Dedication on the Nevada side of the Dam, much of the sculpture is the work of Norwegian-born, naturalized American Oskar J.W. Hansen. He also designed the plaque commemorating the 96 men who officially died during the construction of Hoover Dam.

142 ft flagpole flanked by two winged figures.

Joel snapped two images of the terrazzo floor, giving us two abstracts.

Terrazzo Floor Detail

The second image is a detail of the celestial map. This map preserves the data on which President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Hoover Dam, September 30, 1935.

Celestial map detail

This series ends with a few environmental images, an attempt to take the grandeur in what was most likely a limited amount of time for a visit.

Looking down on equipment rooms at Hoover Dam, April 9, 1941

There was a boot ride involved on Lake Mead. Observe the water level in 1941 and take a look at the images that were widely posted of the drought water level in 2021.

And yes, Joel managed to get Miss Wiens in front of his lens. I couldn’t find any information online what her role was during this event, I for now assume she was one of the chaperones for the group.

Miss Wiens, Boulder Dam, April 9, 1941.

The trip continues, more Kodachromes to come.

The image on the landing page of this blogpost is a 1941 black and white perspective by renowned photographer Edward Weston.

Ansel Adams photographed the Hoover Dam on multiple occasions when he was working for the Park Service. See National Archives for details.

Cheers !

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