Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another Dam Town

Like Page, AZ, Boulder City, NV did not exist until sprang up to house workers building a dam. Hoover Dam was built in the early 1930s.

One really odd thing about the town is that bighorn sheep roam through the city park. They used to be up in the hills, but found the nice green grass too good to pass up.


The town is also loaded with some beautiful sculptures.


I met back up with the WINs here, after not seeing them since February. We stayed at Boulder Beach Campground on Lake Mead, and I had a great view out my window.


One evening we all went down to the nearby marina to have dinner.


But here's the crowning glory of Boulder City - Hoover Dam, with its unique Art Deco water intakes, and the brand new bypass bridge, built so traffic no longer has to drive over the dam. The bridge has the longest concrete arch span in the Western Hemisphere.


And look who else I met up with! - my sister, Roaming Barbara. Occasionally we do run into each other!


Near where the previous pictures were taken, there was an old WWII bunker. I had never noticed it before. We heard they are going to build a trail up to it.


Two years ago, I saw this sign on the road down to the dam and thought the picture was a little strange...


Well, it's even stranger now! I wonder what this poor young woman did to deserve this. And how long until someone tells her about it!


There is a walkway on the dam side of the bridge, so you are able to walk across and get a good view of Hoover Dam. Notice the "bathtub ring" on Lake Mead - it shows the water level at its highest point in 1988.


After all that, we had to go eat again. Notice everyone here is eating a healthy brunch except one person who is eating strawberry shortcake...

11 comments:

hobopals said...

I was amazed by Hoover Dam. I stayed in Boulder, too and was surprised by the mountain goats--they were on steep cliffs as we crossed the dam. I didn't see any long horn sheep. :( The bridge was not quite finished...I would have loved to have seen the view you did.

Thanks for the memories.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

We visited Hoover Dam back in 2002 before the bridge was built. They really went through our RV. Guess it was because I look so much like a terrorist.

That bridge is amazing, so is that plate of strawberry shortcake! ;c)

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

We haven't been to the Dam for such a long time. We hope to make it there next year. Great pictures. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Wandrin said...

Boulder City... My favorite place to visit in Nevada.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog, Diana! I'm not too far from the dam, on the Arizona side. wonderful weather we're having, eh? Enjoy!

Cyndi & Stumpy @ RVly Ever After

Jim and Sandie said...

Love your pictures of the dam. Boulder City is a great place. Looking forward to going back again.

Donna K said...

Great pictures of the dam. Haven't been there since the new bridge has been built.

Hey, strawberry shortcake is healthy - you've got your fruit, dairy, and grain. What more do you need!!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

What a great place to get back together!

Barbara and Ron said...

Hey! You beat me to the 'post'. It was great spending some time with you. See you again soon.

Judithc99 said...

Great pictures of an amazing place. Wonder if we could do it today?

Sondra said...

WOW its huge!! Love the sheep on the green thats awesome they are able to share the town!
You had an awesome VIEW from your campspot for sure...
GOOD to see the sisters together again.