Description“The town that built Hoover Dam” sprang from the Mojave Desert in 1931 when a site was needed to house the thousands of Depression-era workers constructing the concrete behemoth on the nearby Colorado River. Aiming to keep the crews and project on schedule, gambling and alcohol were outlawed within the city limits. This is still one of only two Nevada cities that prohibit gambling.
Today, you can cool off with a cocktail anywhere in town. (When the weather's not outrageously hot, the outdoor patio at Boulder Dam Brewing Co., 453 Nevada Way, offers a kick-back spot to quaff a frosty pint.
Besides serving as a lodging base for visits to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Hoover Dam, Boulder City's main draw is its historic Old Town. Chockablock with restaurants, sidewalk cafés, public art, boutiques and antique shops aplenty, this laid-back little burg makes for a nice half-day trip from Vegas (one-way drive time from the Strip: about 30 minutes).
Visitor InfoBoulder City Chamber of Commerce 465 Nevada Way BOULDER CITY, NV 89005. Phone:(702)293-2034
ShoppingAntique and curio shops abound in Boulder City. Back in Thyme, 524 Nevada Way, carries a fine selection of antique children's pedal cars, jewelry (including Native American pieces), vintage postcards, used books and more. Enter the time warp that is Sherman's House of Antiques, 1228 Arizona St., a mazelike emporium packed with all things aged and collectible. Pointing you to some two-dozen other Old Town retailers are shopping brochure/guide maps, available free from the chamber of commerce as well as from most stores and restaurants.
Self-guiding toursA map and brochure featuring a walking tour of the Boulder City Public Art Scape is available at the chamber of commerce. A collection of some 30 outdoor sculptures—from classic bronzes to abstract creations—dots the sidewalks of Nevada Way and surrounding streets.
Things to SeeBlack Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures