The drastic contrast between its desert landscape and the deep, blue waters of Lake Mead makes it difficult to envision the park's creation as merely incidental. After the completion of the Hoover Dam, the waters of the Colorado River began to flood the river valley and form one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. The Bureau of Reclamation soon realized the vast recreational opportunities that Lake Mead would provide. Through a memorandum of agreement, the National Park Service was tasked with managing the first national recreation area, formerly known as the Boulder Dam National Recreation Area.
About the Author
Erin Elizabeth Eichenberg is a museum specialist for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Eichenberg began working for Lake Mead as an archaeological technician and assisting with managing the park's museum collection. She actively shares her knowledge of Lake Mead's history with the community through various public outreach projects conducted within the park.
Table of Contents
1 Pleistocene to Prehistory 9
2 Taming the Colorado River 19
3 Early Settlement 29
4 An Unexpected Recreation Area 39
5 Lake Mead National Recreation Area 87