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Boulder City

The City That Built Hoover Dam


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Years ago, we (meaning tourism industry folks) had a motto "Discover the Other Side of Nevada". The purpose of the slogan was to educate the traveling public about all of the exciting things to see and do in Southern Nevada that wasn't necessarily on the Las Vegas Strip. Originally, this was really a statewide endeavor to lengthen the stay of our visitors so they could view some of our amazing landscape, enjoy Mother Nature, experience some wild adventure, visit some of our friendlier Ghost Towns and possibly even learn more of the history of the Silver State. Whatever the reason, the outcome is the same. The overwhelming feeling is "I had no idea!"

Perhaps, I can share some of those experiences with you and entice you to add a day or two onto your next Las Vegas visit. Las Vegas can be our hub and we'll go from there. Naturally, I would be remiss if I didn't encourage you to spend as long as you are able enjoying the eye candy of the Las Vegas Strip. It's even more breath-taking from a helicopter at night! A number of local helicopter operators can make this happen for you!


Where to start? That's always challenging because there really is so much to do in Southern Nevada! Let's start in our own backyard, in a small town that boasts to have built Hoover Dam. Their motto says it all: "A World Away for a Day". Boulder City is a quaint little town an easy drive south of Las Vegas on Interstate 93. This is a perfect place to visit particularly if you are a history buff. Plan an overnight at the historic Boulder Dam Hotel. The hotel only offers 21 rooms all decorated for the period but with all the modern amenities. It is also the home of the Hoover Dam Museum which tells the fascinating story of the building of Hoover Dam, which by the way, is a very short seven mile drive from Boulder City!

aerial photo of Hoover Dam

Your historic tour would not be complete without riding the railway line that brought men and material to the area for the construction of Hoover Dam. The Nevada Railroad Museum in Boulder City offers train rides between Boulder City and Henderson on Pullman Coaches from 1911. Where is Henderson? Well, I think that's a story that will have to wait until next month!

I should also mention that history isn't the only reason to visit Boulder City. This town is also known for serious recreation with 35 miles of bike trails, an outdoor shooting range, beautiful golf courses and Lake Mead in their backyard!

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