The Hoover Dam

Reclamation Project

The vision of Project Reclamation is to reclaim our children in the knowledge of the Lord. This tremendous undertaking will be a reclamation to reestablish the educational methods God wants His children taught according to His Word.
Project Reclamation is designed to bring your findings together with others in like subject areas where any home school family can review informative supplements they may wish to include in their home school endeavour.

We would ask you to seek the Lord

how you can help in Project Reclamation


The Hoover Dam Reclamation Project

As with the construction of the Hoover Dam, we are given a mammoth reclamation undertaking. We are to reclaim the education God wants His children taught. We are given this responsibility to reroute the flood waters of public education which are out of control, and bring it under the control of the Holy Spirit. Never again will the flood of ungodly knowledge be permitted to flow in unleashed paths of destruction.

As with dam-controlled waters, the project the Lord has given us to accomplish will cover the earth to nourish the hunger and thirst for true righteousness. Only this project will not be accomplished by our own strength. It will be accomplished in and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Consider the following correlations between the construction of the Hoover Dam

and the mammoth undertaking ahead of us:

Five-hundred-sixty feet below the top of the Hoover dam is Black Canyon where Nevada and Arizona meet, where the Colorado River once flowed uncontrolled. Here is where man conquered this mighty river, placing a concrete yoke about its neck, to harness its tremendous water and power resources.

Through the ages the river has gathered to its bed the snow-fed rivulets of the Rockys, flowing south-westward in its wild, fourteen hundred mile descent to the Pacific Ocean, gouging great canyons, piling up great deltas of silt in the valleys. Early settlers were at the mercy of this untamed giant. Melted snow from the mountains each spring swelled the Colorado River into a raging torrent, flooding fertile valleys along its banks, destroying farm lands, homes and cities.

In 1905 the waters cut through its banks below the Mexican border and for two years tore unchecked in the Salton Sink, forming an inland sea. After each spring's floods, and the river had spent its fury, it dried to a trickle. Crops withered and died. Man and his livestock thirsted. All living things suffered. Settlers along the river were discouraged and aroused. Some gave up and went elsewhere. Others stayed to fight.

The river had to be regulated, controlled in a year round flow if they were to succeed. No more floods, no more droughts.  Arthur Powell, first reclamation director and chief engineer of the Hoover Dam project understood their problems.

Consider the following Spiritual correlations between the reclamation directors mentioned above and our responsibility.  

We must become reclamation directors who are going to reclaim the land to make it useful; and to control the waters, in this case in education.

As reclamation directors, we as homeschooling parents have been surveying the public school system inadequacies. We have taken note of the problem areas and have systematically arrived at new and God-given methods of teaching to return God's heritage to a controlled environment, where neither floods of wrong teaching or droughts of no teaching at all can occur.

The Holy Spirit, as our construction supervisor, has mapped out the necessary engineering solutions. Because we were in the wilderness with high mountains to overcome, the Holy Spirit graciously taught us many techniques to bridge the vast chasm between two seemingly insurmountable mountains. Through daily struggles He has shown us how to carry out His plan to construct the dam that is going to bring the flood waters of education under control. The Holy Spirit chose a narrow canyon opening and gave us solid bed-rock to build upon, and that solid rock is the Word of God.  

As with the construction of the Hoover Dam, many, many, materials had to be gathered from all over the nation and the world. Each of you are the vehicles by which the Holy Spirit will bring in these materials.  After many preliminary tasks and preparation over the past 15 years, the home schooling reclamation project is ready to begin gathering materials for construction, and the internet is a very important avenue by which the necessary materials will be gathered and put to use.

The following description of the many workers and materials needed to begin construction of the Hoover Dam will give you a good understanding on what this undertaking will encompass.

Consider the following physical job that lay ahead of the construction of the Hoover Dam:

"The reclamation director instructed:

Build a high dam to control the river."

Reclamation engineers rushed to complete specifications and design drawings. Crews at the dam job site completed their surveys and investigations.  The thunder of man's determination to conquer the Colorado reverberated between the sheer cliffs of Black Canyon as construction got under way. The first major task was to divert the river around the dam site. To do this, four tunnels, two on each side were drilled through the canyon walls.  Each 56' in diameter, they averaged 4000' in length.  Drill holes were packed with dynamite and blasted. After each explosion shovels and trucks entered the tunnels, mucked out the shattered rock and dumped into nearby gulches. Workmen excavated over 1,500,000 million cubic yards of blasted rock material from the four tunnels in 13 months. Explosions rocked the canyon almost daily for two years before actual placing of concrete in the dam began.

Acrobatic workers called high-scalers prepared the canyon walls for each blast. Suspended on ropes they drilled holes in the rock and loaded them with dynamite. After each explosion these dare-devils swarmed over the cliffs prying loose rock and clearing the walls of debris.

In November, 1932, the Colorado River was diverted, under control for the first time in its history. The river flowed around and past the sight. Men and trucks dumped the earthen rock embankments across the canyon, below the tunnel openings, forcing the river from its age old bed, through the huge diversion tubes.

As clean-up of the dam site exposed the ancient bed of the Colorado River, geologists read the history of what happened ages ago. Workers cleaned and prepared bedrock surfaces to receive the first concrete, assuring utmost stability for Hoover Dam's foundation.

From the mixing plants, concrete was dispatched to all points of construction. Nine anchored aerial cable ways, spanning the canyon from rim to rim, lowered the concrete into the forms, handling other supplies and equipment as well. As the first bucket of concrete settled into its foundation on June 6, 1933, Hoover Dam began its rise from the depths of Black Canyon.

As cable ways dumped load after load of concrete into the forms, the dam soon reached its full 660' thickness at its base, poured in five foot layers of concrete, the structures keyed or interlocking columns climbed skyward as crews set new records daily. Bucketful after bucketful ran the continuous cycle, mixing plant to canyon rim, out into mid-air over the gorge, down into the forms, dumping its load of 16 tons.

Crews vibrated and compacted the fresh pours of concrete, while buckets returned again and again to the mixing plant to be filled with more concrete for other waiting forms. Crews worked under all conditions, all seasons of the year without cessation, rain or shine, day and night.

By June, 1934, one year after the first pour, two-thirds of the dam's concrete had been placed in the dam's forms. Hoover Dam had risen to an impressive height, already taking its place as one of the world's wanders.

As you can see, the correlation is very appropriate. Many workers and many materials are needed to begin construction of the dam that is going to control the flood waters of education.  Because each of you are individual and unique, the Holy Spirit will take all your different ideas and bring them together to begin construction.  Each of you have something to contribute.
The vision of Project Reclamation is to reclaim our children in the knowledge of the Lord. This tremendous undertaking will be a reclamation to reestablish the educational methods God wants His children taught.
Project Reclamation is designed to bring your findings together with others in like subject areas where any home school family can review informative supplements they may wish to include in their home school endeavour.

We would ask you to seek the Lord

how you can help in Project Reclamation

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May the Lord richly bless you in your homeschooling endeavour


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