Touching the Feet of the Bronze Guardians at Hoover Dam, Nevada
Putting the Las Vegas skyline behind you, let go of breath you didn’t know you were holding. Driving though the desert on US 93, it’s hard to believe there’s a 146,000 acre body of water out there known as Lake Mead. If you visit the Hoover Dam, you may be surprised to learn that it is much more than just an incredible engineering feat. The dam’s visitor center and public areas are perfectly maintained examples of 1930s art deco architecture. Your photographs are welcome as you view artwork highlighting the sacrifice of an estimated 16,000 men and women who worked on the dam. Twin sentinels flank a plaque that memorializes workers who lost their lives. Sculptor Oskar J.W. Hansen dubbed these 30 foot tall figures Winged Figures of the Republic and visitors are encouraged to rub their sun-warmed bronze feet for good luck before traveling on. Cross over the Dam from Nevada into Arizona and enjoy a picnic lunch at the rest stop you’ll find there.