Neighborhood around 300 Denver Street Boulder City, Nevada 89005
“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
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.