Construction of the Hoover Dam in the United States. Civil engineers at the dam site. Views of dam site, and reclamation engineers rush towards the dam site for investigation. Engineers remove rock by placing dynamite. The construction underway. Explosions rise. Views of four diversion tunnels, two on each side (the Nevada side and Arizona side). Front end loader remove dirt and load onto dump truck. Engineers wok in the tunnel. Engineers climb rope suspended from the canyon wall. In November 1932, the Colorado river is diverted. Trucks carry construction material and engineers at work during construction of the dam. Clip is from a production narrated in 1962.
Memorial day services aboard USS Arizona at the Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, United States, five months after Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Flag at half mast. Arizona submerged in water, showing scars. Captain, Officers and people standing with bowed heads. U.S. Navy Admiral Francis Compton Denebrink standing aboard USS Arizona. Waves placing wreaths on deck of Arizona. They pose with the wreath. Bugler sounding taps, flag waving in the background. Arizona submerged in water, showing battle scars. USS Arizona in water, flag flying at half mast above wreckage.
Natural wealth of Arizona is shown. Canyon and desert with huge sonoran cactus in Arizona are seen. Mining operations with digger loading rail cars. Huge explosion from dynamite blasting in a mine. Men examine ancient petrified wood trees. Logging, timber, and lumber operations: Two workers operate a two man manual saw and cut a large Ponderosa Pine tree into sections. Dry desert area shown, and then contrasted with irrigated lands as men package harvested carrots. Oranges shown up close growing on citrus orange trees. Mountain peaks shown covered with snow. Two young boys in cowboy clothing sit on a fence and smile. Cowboys graze their cattle animals. Cowboy crosses a field on horseback silhouetted by a bright sunny sky background. City buildings and automobile traffic on the roads of an Arizona city contrasts with rural native American tribal life. An indian woman stands with a baby outside of a traditional hut build with mud and logs. An orange and silver colored (then) modern locomotive races toward the camera position and passes by showing various train cars. Reenanctor playing part dressed as a Spanish conquistador. Spanish mission San Jose de Tumacacori is shown -- a historical monument of Arizona. A man prospecting walks amid rocks with his burro. He picks up a rock and hits on it with a hammer or chisel. Camera shows a vulture flying ominously overhead with a bright blue sky behind. A rattlesnake slithers across the desert ground. Bones of a dead human lying on desert floor. Sign for Tombstone Arizona, and actors portray residents of Tombstone, talking on town streets and fighting cowboys in a pistol firefight. A cowboy (actor) falls, show under a covered wagon. Views of gate at Boothill Graveyard with tombstones. Cross bearing text "Alfred Cantrell. Shot 1881." Another says "Ernest Brodines. Murdered 1882." And a third "M.E. Kellogg. 1882. Died natural death." Next grave crosses are: "Holderman Brothers. Hanged" also "Dan Kelly - hanged" and others.
Mine workers board an elevator lift at the "Copper Queen" copper mine in Bisbee, Arizona, which also produces lead and zinc. Smoke arise from huge chimneys of smelter plant smelting copper in nearby Douglas Arizona. Mining train emerges from mine on tracks and dumps raw material for copper. Workers move carts of ore by hand and dump them. Workers and mechanized diggers work at other non-metallic mines in Arizona. Mountainous region with dry soil is seen. View of Theodore Roosevelt Dam on the Salt River. Men lift wooden blocks to allow water flowing in canals and utilized for irrigation on farms in the Salt River Valley. Lettuce, tomato,carrot and cabbage fields are shown. A man puts a ladder up against and tree and picks citrus fruits from a tree such as oranges or grapefruits. A date tree in a date tree grove is hand pollinated. Close up view of hands of a farmer examining wheat crops and holding wheat in a field. A harvester operates in a barley field. Gunny bags of wheat piled in an area are moved by workers from a truck onto an automated mover. Men stack the bags. Huge stacks of bales of cotton and a man in hat and tie examining the raw cotton. Alfalfa plants shown in field and being baled. View of Coolidge Dam on the Gila River near Globe, Arizona. Imperial Dam on the lower Colorado River is shown next. View of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Hydroelectric generators and power lines are seen. Elevated view of Lake Mead. People wave from a motorboat on Lake Mead. Children splash and play in the lake water. A man in a small boat fishing on Lake Mead.
Cowboys riding on bucking broncos and horses in a rodeo in Phoenix Arizona. A joking man pretends to ride a stationary saddle mounted on a fence. Men and women on horseback riding on a desert trail among Sonora cactus and Saguaro Cactus plants. Close up view of the Saguaro cactus plants and flowers in bloom. Various flowers in bloom on different kinds of cactus in the spring in Arizona. A century plant in bloom. Entrance sign at the Coconino National Forest, and views of tall pine trees in the forest. Deer roaming in forest and a wild turkey in a field. Sheep graze on lands in Arizona. A wildfire in a forest in Arizona, with smoke filling the sky. Flames of the wildfire consume forest trees.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop