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

“Rag Town Goddess”

by Sandra Messina, Artist

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, December 29, 2013
1. “Rag Town Goddess” Marker
Inscription. Those that came to Boulder City to work on the dam lived in harsh conditions. The oppressive heat of the summers and the unbearable cold of the winters took its toll on many. Even the most mundane chores were difficult in this inhospitable environment. Because Boulder City was not yet born as a town, there was no housing. Workers and their families lived in tents – an area later referred to as “Rag Town”.

In her handmade dress and her inexpensive flats, hair clinging to her forehead, this early pioneer hangs a manís undershirt. The wistful resignation on her face reflects her lot in life. However, the strength of her character is also reflected, as she perseveres under such adverse conditions. Not only is she a shining example of the resiliency of the human spirit, she truly is a Rag Town Goddess.
 
Location. 35° 58.559′ N, 114° 50.366′ W. Marker is in Boulder City, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on Nevada Highway near Birch Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 604 Nevada Highway, Boulder City NV 89005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frank T. Crowe (within shouting distance of this marker); Hoover Dam Memorial
“Rag Town Goddess” and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 29, 2013
2. “Rag Town Goddess” and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Alabam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Hitchiní a Ride” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Puddler's Break (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Boulder Dam Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hoover Dam Turbine Runner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Boulder City, Nevada (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boulder City.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
“Rag Town Goddess” image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 29, 2013
3. “Rag Town Goddess”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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