This bridge across the Hoover Dam began construction at about the same time that heroic Arizona football star Pat Tillman enlisted in the war effort and gave up his lucrative football career to serve his country in Afghanistan back in 2003.
Unfortunately Pat Tillman was killed in what appears to be a friendly fire incident.
A new documentary ” The Pat Tillman Story” explores the sad and terrible accident as well as a potential cover up.
It has been a long road for both the bridge and the Tillman family but we can celebrate a small victory today.
Now the tribute to two fallen heroes, the aptly named the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is complete and ready for business in November 2010.
O’Callaghan was the Governor of Nevada in the nineteen seventies as well as a veteran of the Korean War.
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I am hoping this tribute will ease the pain of families and serve as a daily reminder of the great citizens who attempt to keep us safe while we are cruising the majestic view of the American Grand Canyon.
Locals call it the ” Mike and Pat bridge”.
The pass between the Hoover Dam and Boulder City Nevada links the Arizona communities of White Hills, Dolan Springs, Chloride, Kingman and other small towns with the tourist mecca Las Vegas.
Tourists will now be able to cruise up highway 95 to Dolan Springs in less than an hour and then via Pierce Ferry Road onto the fantastic Indian reservation which features a glass Sky walk.
The long struggling real estate market along the Arizona border is sure to see a rise as well as the tourist towns which lure millions of tourists to Arizona each year. or many years, people endured a long wait while traveling the tiny highway linking Arizona to Nevada. But no more!
Residents of nearby communities hope to be ” bedroom ” communities to Las Vegas.
On the Arizona side, houses feature acres of land and few regulations as well as much lower utilities.
In some communities you can even attempt to drill your own well.
Long time residents love the isolation and gorgeous peace found in sleepy Arizona towns.
Some do not welcome a new bridge and increased speculation.
But for the small desert towns which once featured a ” Christmas, Arizona” postage stamp and was a destination for many curious children, the news is bittersweet as the owners are long dead and their little stores have been taken back by the desert.
Now tourists will certainly flock to see the remains of Christmas Arizona as well as the historic mining town of Chloride and the hiking venues of Dolan Springs.
The Hoover Dam is seen from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project which is under construction, August19, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. The 1,900-foot-long structure sits 890 feet above the Colorado River, about a quarter of a mile downstream from the Hoover Dam. The USD 240 million project to relieve vehicle traffic on the Hoover Dam began in 2003, and is scheduled to be open to traffic by November 2010.