One of President Herbert Hoover’s more pleasant namesakes, the Hoover Dam:
Hoover Dam is a 726-foot high, 1,244-foot wide concrete arch-gravity dam located on the Colorado River at the border of Arizona and Nevada. Constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, a workforce of approximately 20,000 poured a total of 4.36 million cubic yards of concrete to complete the structure. That is enough concrete to pave a two-lane highway from San Francisco to New York City. Source imagery: @digitalglobe
PBS’s American Experience details Hoover’s role in the dam’s creation, first as a Cabinet official:
During the time in the early 1920s when legislation was being crafted to authorize a dam on the Colorado River, Herbert Hoover served as Secretary of Commerce for President Warren Harding. Hoover was present at many of the early meetings that focused on how water would be allocated among the seven states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming) involved in the project. There was much disagreement over what constituted a fair distribution of water. … Hoover was congratulated for his skill and efficiency in handling the matter. At this point in his career, Herbert Hoover was growing used to such praise.
Then later, as president:
As unrest caused by the Depression increased, Hoover’s interest in what was then being referred to as the Boulder Dam project increased. Eager to diminish the unemployment rolls, Hoover pushed for commencement of the project.