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When the Hoover Dam was built, this worker had the dirtiest job
When the Hoover Dam was built, this worker had the dirtiest job

Nobody could recall his real name. Instead, he was known simply as Alabam, probably a riff off his Southern roots. But they all knew him, the old man who played a gritty and all-but-thankless role in the Depression-era building of Hoover Dam. Alabam cleaned latrines. As far as historians can tell, he was a one-man sanitation crew for the 7,000 workers who labored to shore up a rock-walled canyon and build what was then almost unthinkable — a dam that would eventually provide water to a swath of Western states. Probably in his 70s back then, Alabam is long gone. But he's far from forgotten. On the main drag of this tiny community of 15,000 residents, not far from the shores...

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