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“Hitchin’ a Ride” image, Touch for more information
By Barry Swackhamer, December 29, 2013
“Hitchin’ a Ride”
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — “Hitchin’ a Ride”by L’Deane Trueblood, Aritst
When the government built Boulder City, it didn't plan for children. But, as the Depression drove workers into southern Nevada to build Hoover Dam, workers brought their families with them. The new town and surrounding desert provided an exciting . . . — Map (db m71106) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — “Rag Town Goddess”by Sandra Messina, Artist
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 . . . — Map (db m71107) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Alabam
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 . . . — Map (db m39487) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Bootleg Canyon
Originally a Native American trail, Bootleg Canyon – also called the Hooch Highway was a well-known backdoor into Boulder City and the Hoover Dam construction site during prohibition. Bootleggers brewed illegal alcohol in stills hidden in . . . — Map (db m29324) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Boulder City, Nevada
Originally founded in 1931 as a community for the workers building Hoover Dam, Boulder City was the first planned community in southern Nevada. Designed by Saco Rienk DeBoer, it was a federal reservation. Only workers associated with the building or . . . — Map (db m71903) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Civil Engineering Monument of the MillenniumHoover Dam
One of the finest examples of how civil engineering ingenuity shaped the development of society's quality of life in the 20th century. — Map (db m31900) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Dr. Elwood MeadNamesake of Lake Mead
Born in 1858, Dr. Elwood Mead became a world-renowned water and irrigation engineer. He wrote Wyoming's first water code, the basis for codes throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. He wrote the Carey Act, led . . . — Map (db m31902) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — 6 — Eldorado CanyonHead of Steamboat Navigation in Nevada
Eldorado Canyon runs east from here to the Colorado River and was the site of one of Nevada's mining booms. Prospectors began digging for gold and silver here, about 1859, forming the Colorado Mining District. The three largest mines, the . . . — Map (db m29328) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Frank T. Crowe
[ Front ]: "The Old Man" Francis Trenholm Crowe Born: October 12, 1882 Died: February 26, 1946 World's Outstanding Builder of Dams [ Right Side ]: "We had 5,000 men in a 4000-foot canyon. The problem was to . . . — Map (db m39485) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Heroes of Hoover
The building of Hoover Dam was a ray of hope for a nation struggling with hard times. Newsreel images of the high-scalers who worked the canyon walls ignited public interest in the project. “Scaling” is the process of removing . . . — Map (db m111191) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Hoover Dam
A modern civil engineering wonder of the United States One of seven selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers 1955 — Map (db m13436) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
Since 1935, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead have provided flood control, irrigation, drinking water, and power to communities in the desert. These resources have transformed the southwest into production farmland and thriving communities. The dam was . . . — Map (db m31879) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Hoover Dam Memorial
[ Front ]: They endured the hardships so all of America might prosper This Memorial was contributed by the men and women who built Hoover Dam to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its dedication September 30, . . . — Map (db m39486) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Hoover Dam Turbine Runner
This cast steel turbine runner (water wheel), which is 14.2 feet in diameter and weighs over 34 tons, powered the N-7 generator at Hoover Dam Power Plant from 1944 to 1982. The function of a turbine runner is to convert the force of falling water, . . . — Map (db m29248) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — McKeeversville, Boulder City's Predecessor
In 1930, Michael McKeever set up a small tent house in Hermenway Wash slightly north of Government Survey Camp #1, where he was a government cook. Soon other workers started building homes nearby, and the area became known as McKeeversville. . . . — Map (db m69447) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge
May all who cross the canyon on this memorial bridge travel their life journeys with the strength and inspiration found in the high ideals and heroic deeds of these brave humble men. In Memory of these men of heroic sprit who overcame . . . — Map (db m46836) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Puddler's Break
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 . . . — Map (db m39488) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — Railroad Pass
Named for an 1890's railroad which was never built, Railroad Pass first became a destination after Professor Robert T. Hill discovered alunite in the area in 1908. A mining district was formed, but only small amounts of gold were found. Mines in the . . . — Map (db m39484) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — The Boulder Dam Hotel
The Boulder Dam Hotel has been part of Boulder City history since its opening in 1933. Designed by Mort Wagner the hotel was built by Paul Stewart "Jim" Webb, Raymond Spilsbury, and Austin Clark. It is located in Cardenas Plaza - known today as . . . — Map (db m39502) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — The Dog Who Owned a Dam
The Hoover Dam mascot only acted like he owned the dam, but without a doubt, he owned the hearts of its workers. The dog wandered freely around the job site; up ladders, over catwalks and through tunnels. He even rode the open-air elevator . . . — Map (db m111204) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — The Hoover Dam Construction MascotThe Dog Who Owned the Dam
The Hoover Dam construction crew’s mascot was found as a puppy by workers at the construction camp. This dog traveled to and from the dam site with them and spent his days visiting the many work areas. On February 21, 1941, the life of this . . . — Map (db m111203) HM
Nevada (Clark County), Boulder City — TWA Terminal Building
In 1938, Transcontinental and Western Air Lines, later Trans World Airlines, began serving Clark County, flying into Bullock Field in Boulder City. The airline believed that Boulder City would be a more lucrative market than nearby Las Vegas, and . . . — Map (db m46833) HM
Nevada (Clark county), Boulder City — Women Airforce Service PilotsWW II 1942 – 1944
We Salute all WASPS…Y You have shown that you can fly wingtip to wingtip with your brothers — Map (db m46834) HM

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