Hoover Dam statue

You know, in one of the Anthro courses I took last term there was a lot of focus on Vegas and theming and how theming has been used outside of theme parks to attract people. They tended to use examples like the New York New York Hotel & Casino or the Luxor, and how the theming brings people in. But the more I think of it, the more I really think America knows how to make its tourist places special.

Like the Hoover Dam.

Went there August 20th last year (I think) with Dad and Melane and absolutely loved it, but now looking back at the pictures I realize how well themed it was. But it was themed in a historically relevant and informative way. Like the pictures below, hands down one of the coolest statues I’ve ever seen:





According to the web, the statue was erected in 1995, when local sculptor Steven Liguori and Hoover Dam Spillway House concessionaire Bert Hansen decided to create a bronze high scaler statue in the likeness of Joe Kine, one of the last surviving high scalers who worked on the Hoover Dam project. A clear picture of Joe Kine existed showing him in his working environment and was used as a guide to create the bronze figure. Upon completion the statue was presented to Joe on September 30, 1995, Hoover Dam’s sixtieth anniversary.

The statue is absolutely wonderful, and is one of my favorite groups of pictures from my vacation, even with all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas Strip. 🙂

Never Look Back
Matthew LeDrew


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