Boulder City Elementary School

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401 California Avenue, Boulder City, Nevada  89005

In Colossus:

“The burgeoning population of grammar school children quickly burst the seams of the original schoolhouse, requiring them to attend in half-day shifts.  High-Schoolers would continue to travel to Las Vegas, a fifty-six mile round trip every school day, until a permanent high school was opened in Boulder City in 1941.”  Page 269

In Real Life:

Michael Hiltzik recounts the battle in Colossus to get Boulder City outfitted with a school-house and teachers. In the end – the Bureau of Reclamation came up with the money to build the school. Then, reluctantly, Six Companies pitched in for the teachers. A very beautiful brick building went up in 1932 and for years it served as the city’s grammar school but now the old school-house is the town’s City Hall. However – some of the children are still around, the little group out front aren’t going anywhere. The bronze kids are a reminder of what the building used to be.

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