|The following is based on information from Van Buren design documents and is not canon.|
The Hoover Dam rim is the first and highest level of the Hoover Dam.
The brains of Hoover Dam, this area is reserved for the governing power of the settlement, the wealthy elite, the finest shops and eateries, the bastion of knowledge and education courtesy of the Followers of the Apocalypse.
Morale is at an all-time low, as what used to be a bustling community of people eager to learn grow and share, has turned into a battle-fatigued wasteland where hope is fleeting and sorrow is rampant. The rim is in a constant state of battle alert due to tensions with the Brotherhood of Steel, made worse with the addition of an evening curfew that stays in effect until sun-up.
For the most part, the rim is in pretty good shape, with the main road having only a few blemishes here and there, and while the original buildings have cracks in the walls, the recently built buildings are well intact and hospitable. The only signs of conflict are along the main front gate, where scorch marks litter the outside of the wall, and impact craters pock-mark the steel reinforced front gate and wall.