Big Dams and Other Dreams: The Six Companies Story by Donald E. Wolf

By Donald E. Wolf

Who conceived of the Hoover, Bonneville, and Grand Coulee dams? Who laid the monetary foundations for the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay bridges? In giant Dams and different goals, Donald E. Wolf recounts how the pursuits of the visionary males at the back of those tasks coincided in the course of the early 20th century, what they finished, and what has turn into of the empires they created. In twelve colourful, completely researched chapters, Wolf gracefully renders the tale of Six businesses, a mix of organizations led by way of business giants Henry J. Kaiser, Marriner Eccles, Harry Morrison, Charles Swigert, Philip Hart, Felix Kahn, and Charlie Shea, between others. jointly, those executives performed an enormous function in constructing the fashionable American West and in development the constructions we go along with it. Then, as international battle II threatened, they undertook ever extra brilliant tasks. utilizing a variety of assets and interviews, Wolf weaves own, political, and business heritage right into a compelling account that may attract historians and basic readers alike.

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What was by now officially called Hoover Dam would require the contractor to show at least $5 million in cash reserves just to satisfy the twenty-four insurance companies that were joining forces to write the performance bond for the job. 29 Morrison had tackled tougher problems than that on Idaho's rivers, and he went right to work. In short order, he had added Bechtel-Kaiser-Warren to the Utah-Morrison team, and he followed with MacDonald and Kahn, Pacific Bridge, and J. E Shea. 9 million, Crowe knew it was $5 million higher than Six Companies', and the gap was wide enough to worry even a man with his steel nerves.

As the true scope of the job became apparent, Morrison realized that even the considerable combined resources of Morrison Knudsen and Utah Construction Company weren't going to be up to the task of dealing with it alone. What was by now officially called Hoover Dam would require the contractor to show at least $5 million in cash reserves just to satisfy the twenty-four insurance companies that were joining forces to write the performance bond for the job. 29 Morrison had tackled tougher problems than that on Idaho's rivers, and he went right to work.

But by June everything that could bloom on Montana's semiarid prairie was blooming, and spring was being celebrated with the special exuberance reserved to places in which temperatures ranged from 50 degrees below zero in winter to 110 above in summer. The work the Service was doing was important. The government was developing a system of irrigation canals through which the waters of the lower Yellowstone, diverted by new structures, would be induced to flow. Where annual rainfall was almost always less than fifteen inches and sometimes less than ten, such projects provided the only hope of bringing farmers in to settle the region.

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