|We continued our drive this afternoon by stopping at the turnout overlooking Lake Mead to check out the informational signs & for a better view of the Boulder Basin portion of the lake. Did you know that Lake Mead has over 500 miles of shoreline? We've spent many a day exploring it's many coves, fishing & boating on it. I'm glad John & Joyce got to see a small portion of it before moving on down the road to have an enjoyable lunch at the Hacienda Hotel. They have a terrific burger there called the Trucker's Huge Special for $4.95 including fries. John, Joyce & Larry ordered it while I enjoyed a chicken Philly Cheese. Also very good. Afterward we continued on our day's journey to the small town of Boulder City where the Depression-era stucco buildings make you feel as though you've stepped back in time. There's lots of green grass and well kept 'cute' little homes. An unusual sight compared to many of the homes in Vegas, as grass is no longer an option for homes currently being built. Did you know that Boulder City is one of only two towns in Nevada where gaming is not allowed?
The men who built the dam lived in this company town, which the federal government erected over the desert in 1931. When the dam was completed in 1935, the town remained under government control until its incorporation in 1960. And Boulder City’s more than 16,000 residents have not forgotten it's storied beginnings. All over town there are bronze statues (Art Scape) commemorating the workers, dozens of whom died on the job, and their families, who endured harsh living conditions. “Afternoon Breeze,” by Roy W. Butler, one of my personal favorite's, shows a woman strolling down a street, her right hand holding her hat in place and her left clutching a small purse. The plaque accompanying the statue describes how these pioneering women made their shoddy houses livable even when dust and snakes crept through the cracks in the walls. I believe there are about 30 bronzes scattered about & we really enjoyed the 5 or 6 we saw today. I definitely want to come back & locate the others. Most include a bronze plaque & they tell an interesting story.
At Goat Feathers Emporium, an antiques depot in the building that used to be the dam workers’ laundry, I saw an old hardcover Bobbsey Twins book, glass medicine bottles, sewing machines, irons and hats that would have been right at home at the recent royal wedding. A sign out front advertised 'useful junk'. Too funny. Across from Goat Feathers is the historic Boulder Dam Hotel, built in 1933. It's a beautiful place and I've heard that the food here is terrific, we really need to come back for a nice dinner one evening. Across the street and up a block is the Coffee Cup Cafe, world renowned for it's pork chili Verde & featured in a Diner's, Drive-In's & Dive's TV showing a few years back. I hope to have an omelet there in the next three weeks so I'll let you know if it's still a #1 rated menu item, well, at least in my opinion! Larry had a good time playing some type of antique musical instrument next door & Joyce & I found the polka dot cow quite interesting!
All too soon it was time to head home and we reluctantly headed back to the truck. John & Joyce are really torn about leaving tomorrow as we are all interested in returning another day, like tomorrow, to continue exploring this cool little town! Unfortunately, they have to make it to Seattle on a certain date so they will be forced to move on. We arrived home in time to wash off a bit of dust & put up our feet for an hour or so before heading over to the Tyo's for dinner where we enjoyed a great turkey chili served over white rice and a yummy dessert made up of a soft chocolate cookie covered with vanilla ice cream & Hazelnut Kahlua. Oh my....soooooo good! We hung out for another hour or so before we decided we'd better call it night so they could get plenty of sleep before their long travel day tomorrow. We certainly had a great day, hope you enjoyed tagging along....
One final comment please. Today is my Uncle Will's birthday! Happy Birthday Unc, hope it's a good one! We love you...