Louise Speaks: On a recent trip to Las Vegas, we realized there were several stops along the way that we seem to have overlooked over the years. So this is the trip we decided to stop and see them all.
Boulder City, Nevada is the last town you go through before Las Vegas when you are traveling from Arizona. Along the main highway is Hemenway Park, which is home to some Wild Bighorn Sheep. The park is host to what seems to be a residential home to a wild herd of bighorn sheep. The sheep come down from the hills to graze on the manicured lawn of this city park. The herd varies in size from small lambs all the way up to huge horned rams, and there are sometimes as many as 60 animals roaming the park. The sheep are so common that residents in the area refer to this park as “Sheep Park”. The park also offers views of Lake Mead, a picnic area and a huge playground. In fact today, as the sheep were roaming the park there were children playing at the playground and walked around the sheep like they were a common fixture of the park. The sheep were in bunches at several different areas of the park, so they literally are “everywhere”.
Once you are back on the highway, just about a mile up the road, you turn left into the downtown area of Boulder City. Our next Quirky Stop was Area 52, an alien book store and coffee shop that also sells tequila shots. Many of the books in the store are rare and out of print. There is an alien who meets you at the entrance and talks to you as if you are invading his planet. The store probably has the largest collection of UFO books, figurines, and Star War collectables I’ve ever seen. There are games, stickers, and just “stuff”. Not really worth a stop, but it was on our list.
Boulder City must be a pretty artistic community. There are sculptures and pieces of art along the sidewalks and in front of local business throughout the small town. The one we were looking for was the “Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam”. Alabam was a Hoover Dam worker who cleaned and restocked the outhouses. The bronze statue depicts him as he often looked in life; with rolls of toilet paper draped over his shoulders. He also totes a broom and other cleaning supplies. The statue is right on the corner of the busiest intersection in town…what an honor.
We were very disappointed that our last stop is no longer visible. A restaurant in town was suppose to have a “Giant Whisk” on the roof of the building. We searched through town and finally stopped and asked at the Chamber of Commerce. Turns out the restaurant has gone out of business and the whisk is in the cities historical storage unit.
We visited the sites and we can now check them off our list, but unless you have another reason to go through Boulder City, none of these attractions are worth stopping to see.