Built during the height of the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam remains one of the largest government projects ever undertaken in the United States. The Hoover Dam is made of about five million barrels of cement and 45 million pounds of reinforcement steel, which made it the biggest dam in the world at the time of its construction. If massive government spending isn't enough to make the Hoover Dam creepy, over the years the monolith has had some other spooky stories attached to it.
The most well-known Hoover Dam urban legend is that there are bodies entombed within the very concrete. Other stories range from haunted nearby locations to end of the world prophecies. Conspiracies, ghosts, and water shortages abound in this list of creepy Hoover Dam stories.
A Lot of People Died During Its Construction
An old urban legend alleges that the bodies of workers who fell into wet cement are entombed in the dam itself. While this myth isn't true (bodies would make the dam structurally unsound), between 96 and 112 people did die during the Hoover Dam's construction. The causes of death included drowning, blasting, falling rocks or slides, falls from the canyon walls, being struck by heavy equipment, truck accidents, and other industrial accidents.
Worker Deaths from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Might Have Been Covered Up
During the construction of the dam, 42 workers died of "pneumonia." Workers alleged that this was actually the construction company covering up deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning so that they would not have to pay damages for a work-related death. No one in the nearby town showed pneumonia symptoms, which was very suspicious, given the official story.
There Is a Ghost Town That Was Flooded by Lake Mead
The city of St. Thomas, NV, was flooded when Lake Mead first filled up. Severe drought has lowered the lake levels so that the ghost town is now visible again. The town was once a Mormon settlement on the Arrowhead Trail between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. The residents were forced to leave by the government when the lake began filling in 1935. When the lake was at its highest water mark, the town was 60 feet below the surface.
There Is a Conspiracy Theory That the $50 Bill Foretells the Destruction of the Dam
If you fold the $50 bill in the shape of a pentagram, the Hoover Dam is shown with four obelisks around it. Conspiracy theorists believe that this indicates that the dam will be destroyed, possibly in some sort of false flag operation. The obelisks represent 11:11, which is an Illuminati symbol.