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Boulder City in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Alabam

 
 
Alabam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
1. Alabam Marker
Inscription. At the height of Hoover Dam construction, more than 7,000 men labored in Black Canyon. Some jobs were glamorous and exciting, such as the high scalers who swung over the canyon on ropes or the cableway operators who kept concrete buckets moving 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other jobs were more mundane, but no less important: there were mockers who shoveled mud out of the tunnels, truck drivers who hauled rock up and down the river or, like the man you see here, those who swept the outhouses and kept them well supplied with paper.
 
Location. 35° 58.603′ N, 114° 50.321′ W. Marker is in Boulder City, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Nevada Way and Ash Street, on the right when traveling west on Nevada Way. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boulder City NV 89005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Rag Town Goddess” (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Hitchin’ a Ride” (about 500 feet away); Frank T. Crowe (about 500 feet away); Hoover Dam Memorial (about 500 feet away); Puddler's Break (about 600 feet away);
Alabam Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
2. Alabam Sculpture
by Steven Liguori
Artist
The Boulder Dam Hotel (about 700 feet away); Hoover Dam Turbine Runner (approx. ¼ mile away); Boulder City, Nevada (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boulder City.
 
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Alabam Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
3. Alabam Sculpture
Sculpture Detail image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, November 26, 2010
4. Sculpture Detail
Information Displayed at the Hoover Dam Museum image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, November 26, 2010
5. Information Displayed at the Hoover Dam Museum
The Unseen Workers
Over 16,000 men and women worked on Hoover Dam. Not all had glamorous jobs. One of the best known workers was "Alabam," who cleaned the numerous latrines around the job site. He is representative of all those who toiled behind the scenes to make the construction of Hoover Dam possible.

"Alabam was probably one of the most important men on the job.....with his good necklace: that roll of toilet papers around his neck." ~Marion Allen, worker
Information Displayed at the Hoover Dam Museum image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, November 26, 2010
6. Information Displayed at the Hoover Dam Museum
The Sanitary Engineer
The Hoover Dam job site boasted many mechanical and civil engineers. Alabam called himself "the sanitary engineer." 1933
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 545 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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