1305 Arizona Street, Boulder City, Nevada 89005 702-293-3510
By late 1934, tourists were coming by the thousands to gather on the stone parapets constructed by the Reclamation Bureau on the Nevada cliff side (their sandstone masonry handcrafted by Dogface Charlie Rose’s unsung Negro crew), and goggle at the intricately choreographed ballet of cableways, concrete buckets and workmen.” Page 347
In Real Life:
Even during construction – as Michael Hiltzik says in Colossus, tourists crashed Black Canyon to get a look at the damming of the Colorado River. And they’re still coming. On my first visit to Boulder City, I noticed there’s a Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum at Boulder Dam Hotel. I especially like the way they put a slash in the name. Anyway, I put my sister, Mary Ann, in charge of checking it out – mostly because when we arrived she told me she’d been up all night – working. I didn’t think she could handle the pace I was going to have to keep to get through town in my allotted time and I particularly didn’t think she could handle the heat. So – I pushed her toward the air-conditioned museum and headed out into the HOT summer day. When I picked her up she didn’t have much to say about the museum. When I pressed further, she said she’d fallen asleep in the little movie. So, when I went back with my husband – he can NEVER RESIST A MUSEUM – we spent a lot of time there and found it does a pretty good job of telling the story of the building of the dam – and particularly of showing you what life was like in Boulder City, in town and in Black Canyon, over 80 years ago.