Gold Strike Hot Spring, Nevada

What is so dangerous?

Every year the trail to the hot spring is closed from May 15 through October 1.

The penalty up to $5,000 and 6 months in jail will be imposed on violators.

Nevertheless, you have to be grateful to be alive.

Hoover Dam

During the Great Depression starting from 1929, Hoover Dam created employment and contributed to the economic growth.

Hoover Dam

Photo by Airwolfhound – Hoover Dam (2014) / CC BY-SA 2.0

The depression that led to contructing the dam near Las Vegas also generated Block Economy.

It was an economic policy for overcoming the depression, by creating a self-sufficient economic bloc with the homeland and colonies, surrounded by protective custom duties.

Japan, one of the resources have-nots, justified their wartime military aggression to expand colonies and to survive in the egocentric world.

True danger

It is less well-known that many hot springs are gushing in downstream of Hoover Dam.

A round trip of five miles is full of dangerous rock-climbing.

Dangerous Hiking Trail

However, you will realize the true danger if you know the major reason for the death of 112 workers during the dam’s construction.

Heat disorder consists mostly of the causes.

Due to the harsh desert climate, not a few hikers went into death, struggling against the rock-climbing.

That is why the trail is closed from spring through autumn.

Starting Point of Hot Spring River

Going half way, you will see the first hot spring of 109 degrees F gushing.

Hot spring river

Proceeding further, hot water seeps from everywhere in the rocks, which gradually creates a hot spring river.

Hot Springs Dripping

Volunteers made some open-air baths using sandbags.

The comfortable temperature is the only characteristic.

The Largest Tub

The river finally joins to the River Colorado, in downstream of Hoover Dam.

Looking above, you would see the longest concrete arch bridge in the Unites States, which was constructed by a Japanese company, Obayashi in 2010.

Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

It can be said that the Great Depression made the United States create an enormous dam, and Japan choose the way to the military aggression; then the loser of the war constructed a huge bridge right in front of the dam.

The dangerous river may be a witness of the curious history.

Goldstrike Hot Springs, Boulder City, Nevada, USA
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