Gold mining in Ward, Colorado. Two men dig up earth to extract gold from a newly discovered mine in Ward, Colorado. Men and women dig up gold from th ground and load the extracted ore. A girl holds the ore of gold. The miner who discovered the gold mine worth $ 20,000 to the ton, reads a newspaper. The miner with his family as the wife holds an ore of gold in her hand.
Scenes of flooding in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as heavy rains bring a flood crest from Monument Creek, destroying much of the town of Colorado Springs on Memorial Day 1935. Damaged bridge section floating by. Man jumps from roof of house into flood waters. People walk holding rope. People float by atop debris, swept along by swift current. Vehicles swept by floods.
A memorial wreath is cast on the water where the Ward liner cruise ship Mohawk (Clyder liner) was rammed and sunk by the Norwegian freighter Talisman on January 24, 1935. Sailors aboard ship. United States flag on the vessel. Birds in flight. Life boat crews executing careful drills near the site of disaster. A child aboard.
Approximately 20 contestants, dressed in white, are seen at horseshoe pitching lanes in a fenced enclosure. Spectators are seated in bleachers nearby. A stray dog wanders in the foreground. View of the spectators (mostly men). View of a shoe landing as a ringer. View from the pins as a contestant throws five shoes at four pins. One shoe appears to have landed closed against the first pin. The remaining four are all ringers. In a complete change of scene, Ted Allen, wearing a sweater emblazoned with his name and title: "World's Champion," gives a demonstration. He throws four ringers at one pin, while an intrepid assistant leans over, with his hand atop the pin, confident that he won't be hit by one of the horseshoes. Final view is a closeup of Ted Allen posing with his face framed by a horseshoe. (Note: Ted Allen was born in Kansas. His family moved to Colorado in 1922; to Oregon in 1932; to California in 1933; and finally back to Colorado, in 1936.)
A documentary on the history of the Labor Department in the United States. Exterior of the Capitol building. A large crowd gathers in front of the building. Large family with children seated at a rustic outdoor table for meal. Men serve food to them. Women typing and doing secretarial work in an office of the Department of Labor. Men and women work in a factory. Men stand in a bread line and in soup kitchen lines receiving assistance during high unemployment of Great Depression. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated at a desk and signs a document regarding Social Security, as officials stand nearby. Family with man, woman, and children sit on front porch of a simple wood frame shack or house. Groups of idle men, out of work in a small rural town in America with dusty streets and a mining operation seen in the background. Large group of children on front porch of a house or rural school. Enforcement of several acts and laws dealing with fairness in labor. The social security act, the wage and hour act and other acts are passed including minimum wage, unemployment compensation, and maximum hours of labor. Also the outlawing of child labor, and the Wagner Act regarding bargaining rights. Scenes of bread lines, coal mine workers entering a mine. Poor and indigent people in the great depression in a community of tents and shacks. A woman making a bed near a tent. Child workers shown, and workers of striking on a picket line, including workers of the International Seamen's Union during their 1936 strike. Their signs reference the "Ward Line" and the "S.S. Mohawk" disaster. In another scene, workers of the Electric Boat Company protest in front of an Electric Boat Co. pay office with signs demanding pay. Personnel of the Department of Labor seated at a conference table and discussing among themselves.
The construction of the Boulder Dam, later the Hoover dam, in Boulder City, Nevada. Construction of the Boulder Dam underway at the dam site in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Equipment at work at the site. A crane transports movable sections and place them on the side walls of the dam. An operator at the controls of the crane. Rocky side walls of the canyon. An officer watches the construction work. The tunnel on the dam through which water flows. Onlookers and officials beside the flowing water as the final gates of the dam are closed in the grand opening of the dam. The construction material at the site. Aerial views of the construction site.