Today in the Mojave Wasteland
Hoover Dam: Part II
There was so much to show off about the Hoover Dam that I had to split it into two parts. Are you ready to see some seriously amazing comparisons? Come along to see more of the beautiful Hoover Dam (and check out Hoover Dam: Part I too!)
As you can see, the road curves to and fro, all the way down from Boulder City. It curves exactly the same way as in-game, check it out, guard rail and all. In the game, I have to mosey on down there on foot, but in real life, I have the convenience of my trusty jeep.
There are two types of tours for the Hoover Dam, and I recommend the one that is cheaper because you don't really see much more in the more expensive tour.
If you are like me, you will just get "lost" and find all the places you wanted to see anyway, until the Hoover Dam tour guides start recognizing you (and also no longer allow you to answer the trivia questions anymore, not cool!) So make sure to get those photos the first (few) times! Or just don't break any rules like a good person and check them out here. Below you can see the lower level stairways.
Once you sneakily sneak down to the lower level, you can see how similar the corridors are, in and around the offices. In the real world, they have these really unique corrugated metal awnings above the walkways, I asked about them once and the tour guide said it is because there are many interior leaks that freak people out when it hits them in the head. They are harmless and normal, but it still made people panic, so they divert the water to little culverts on the side.
In the power plant and turbine rooms, you will notice this exquisite flooring, super rare in a setting such as the back hallways of a utility plant. The floors are terrazzo floors, installed by two Italian brothers, Joseph and John Martina, who distributed brass and aluminum divider strips to help create a distinct pattern. Terrazzo originated in Italy several hundred years ago but really rose in popularity in the 1920s, around the same time that the Hoover Dam was being built. Throughout the Hoover Dam, in the terrazzo flooring are also several unique designs, blending modern art deco and shapes from Native American artwork. In-game, you can see the same flooring. The game even added the terrazzo freaking floors. Incredible huh?
Then you will peer over the bannister and realize just how similar these areas are as well. They even have an (old world) flag hanging proudly overhead. The turbine lettering, machinery, and signage are exact matches to what we see in-game. It is exceptional attention to detail. Here I am, suited up appropriately in the good ol' Vault 21 jumpsuit to be as inconspicuous as possible to the tour guides that already know who I am.
If you look to the front of the turbines, you can also see these little areas that are mirror images of what the Courier happens upon. I also think it is cool that you can use the surrounding area for scale, to see just how massive this place is. And the little details such as wiring tidily running along the walls, ladders traversing the floor via walls, walkways, even the handrail along the machinery is exactly the same. Check out the blue squares under the equipment in the real world, replicated as black/grey in-game. But still, present and just a little more haphazardly laid about a few hundred years later.