Bureau Worker Homes

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Neighborhood around 300 Denver Street Boulder City, Nevada  89005

In Colossus:

“The new plan, accordingly, clustered the bureau’s employees’ homes around Reclamation’s hacienda style administration building, at the highest point in town most exposed to the cooling breezes.”  Page 255

DSC_7481In Real Life:

I was certainly surprised to discover all the homes the author Michael Hiltzik described in Colossus are still there. The streets leading away form the Bureau of Reclamation Headquarters – on the left as you face the headquarters – is where bureau workers lived. The bureau workers were different from dam workers -Hiltzik pointed out they were leaders and administrators and their homes reflected their status – architecturally interesting and on the breezy side of town. The dam workers – by contrast – lived in cookie cutter cottages in the flats where the heat just stands – with no stirring. The first house on the street is that of Walker Young, who was the Chief Construction Engineer. I drove around the neighborhood armed with the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce map. You can walk the streets too – and if you’re lucky you might feel the little breeze Hiltzik says  bureau employees enjoyed. Me? I never felt any relief from the heat.

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