In 1946, the American Society of Civil Engineers wrote of him: His projects will stand forever as monuments to his great ability as a
constructor, but he will be best remembered by his many friends and
close associates for his ever-present human understanding, his extreme
fair-mindedness, his wonderful sense of humor, and his absolute
integrity. Once his word was given it was carried out, no matter what
his personal sacrifices might be.
Frank Crowe said, “I was wild to build this dam, the biggest dam ever built by anyone anywhere.” Crowe sketched the original master plan for Boulder City, a desert camp for workers when he arrived in 1931.
A feature by Fortune magazine in 1933 gives a description of Frank Crowe. Frank Crowe's last vacation was his honeymoon twenty years ago. He
avoids cities except for required directors' meetings and an occasional
football game. He plays the stock market a bit, buys Buicks exclusively for work on the
job, and can be seen matching quarters with $4-a-day muckers while
waiting for a big dynamite explosion. He twists around in a chair a lot
while he talks, preferring the outdoors, and makes an absolute rule that
no letter shall go out of his office over one page long. He believes
any idea can be expressed in that space and that anything longer is a
waste of words.
Crowe managed workers who toiled in 130-degree heat in Black Canyon, dealing with a major workers' strike and extreme conditions during which men were lost to heat, disease, and drowning. A tall man over 6 feet, he was known for his trademark pressed white shirt and a large Stetson hat.
Crowe finished Hoover Dam two years ahead of schedule, in 1936. He worked on other dam projects, including Shasta Dam in California, and Copper Basin and Gene Wash Dams on the Colorado Aqueduct system. Frank Crowe died in 1946 on his cattle ranch near Redding, California.