“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Boulder City in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Puddler's Break

Puddler's Break Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
1. Puddler's Break Marker
Inscription.  Legend has it there are many workers buried in Hoover Dam. However, due to the manner in which the Dam was constructed, this would have been impossible. "Puddlers" directed buckets of concrete over empty forms, released the concrete, and then used their shovels and feet to spread it around. In the process, they made sure there were no air bubbles or debris that would weaken the structure after it hardened. Moreover, fresh concrete was added 8 cubic yards at a time, increasing the depth by only two to three inches at a time, and was never deep enough to submerge a person. While many laborers lost their lives building the Dam, none were ever buried within.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 35° 58.688′ N, 114° 50.252′ W. Marker is in Boulder City, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Nevada Way and Avenue B, on the right when traveling west on Nevada Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boulder City NV 89005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Hitchin’ a Ride” (within shouting distance of this marker);
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The Boulder Dam Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Alabam (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hoover Dam Turbine Runner (about 800 feet away); “Rag Town Goddess” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank T. Crowe (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boulder City, Nevada (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hoover Dam Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boulder City.
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1. Thank You
Boulder City is truly appreciative of your submittal. We'd like to invite all to visit the exquiste bronze sculptures in our Art Scape program that represent our precious Boulder City history.
    — Submitted January 7, 2011, by Jill Lagan, CEO Boulder City Chamber of Boulder City, Nevada.
Puddler's Break Sculpture image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, December 28, 2010
2. Puddler's Break Sculpture
by Sutton Betti, Artist
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,005 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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