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Visitor Numbers Dropping At Hoover Dam

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An aerial view shows the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project behind the Hoover Dam on Oct. 26, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Ne. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

An aerial view shows the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge part of the Hoover Dam Bypass Project behind the Hoover Dam on Oct. 26, 2010 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Ne. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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(Boulder City, NV) — Fewer people are officially visiting Hoover Dam. Officials report the number of people taking paid tours of the historic site dropped from 823,000 in 2011 to 755,000 in 2012 and are trending down in 2013.

Some blame the opening of the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.  The bridge opened to traffic in 2011 and motorists can drive over the site without crossing the dam.

Rose Davis, spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation tells the KXNT Morning News, she doesn’t believe it’s the bridge, she says it’s more likely the overall down economy of the past few years.

She says the bridge is an “amazing, amazing, place” and she expects visitation to remain strong. Davis also points out the visitation numbers don’t include people who drive to the dam, park and visit without taking a paid tour.

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