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Welcome to the Boulder City High School Alumni Website.  This secure site is open to all Boulder City Alumni, whether graduated or not (including faculty and staff) who attended Boulder City High School begining with the first graduating class in 1942 through the Class of 1967.  Guests can be allowed site access with approval of site administrators.  The purpose of this site is to provide a easy and informative way to post reunion notices, items of interest about Boulder City, and to facilitate keeping in touch with each other.  (Click on 'This WebSite' for more info).



A way to keep up  with recent BCHS classmates passings.

As I add classmates to the  "In Memory" tab,  I usually send an email to the classmates, of the same year only,  notifing them of recent passings.   I encourage you all to use your "Notify Me" tab in Member functions ...  one of the choices activates an email so you can be notified of additions to the "In Memory" listing.  So you won't miss a new obit added,  that you would want  to know about as soon as possible.   Jim W.


Today I  and UNLV made one of our BC alumni friends  ..  VERY HAPPY  ..   I have spent  quite a bit of time on the UNLV Library's great website of historical pictures and info..   They have been gifted photo collections from a vast array of BC & LV ledgends .  such as Johnnie Manis, Elbert Edwards, Madalyn and Elton Garrett, Teddy fenton and USRB.   

In recent weeks I struck up an email exchange with a 1952 grad.  I had some pics of her mom and dad from the UNLV sources, I sent them, She was happy.  Today it occured to me I saw reference to some  historical  interviews with her dad and mom ,  well I went back and found it again and sent to her ..  she was thrilled this time!!     

The alumni is Hellen Hettinger, class of 52,  who we all know as Kay Eaton  ..   the transcript of  a video is about her mom, Mary  a BC school teacher and her dad Bruce a USBR worker.  They moved to BC in the 30s and remained an important part of BC for decades.    If you want to join the trip down memory lane just click on this link.      Jim Widner, class of 58


Here is a picture collage  with an intereting tie to basket ball history at BCHS.  Top pic shows Pepper coombes presenting to  Jim Widner winning  a picture frame at the Reunion drawing.   Jim thought what better ending for that frame than David Shay.  p.s. frame was made by Jenks Ranor.  When framing the pic Jim selected a BB Jacket from the 40s  and a few pics of David role in BC basketball.  

Here are some pics of Early Golf in BC  ..  Thanks to Johnnie Manis, UNLV and BC Museum for the pics.  The course was all sand ,,  hit and rake ..  It was pretty much gone by the mid 40s , except for the artful tee boxes built up with big rocks and raised grout, like that at the Dam. 

"Top Songs from 1957" .... you can pick other years  from the Youtube page that loads.   

  click on this link for 1957





Here is a new book by Pepper Coombes, class of 60 .. It covers growing up in BC, college life, work life and golf , fun  & family. .  More information is available in the Tab "Alumni Authors"

Invitation to "In Memory" Listing

You are invited to review a list of Classmate Obituaries or notices . Just go to the tab "In Memory".  The listing is by year of passing, but, it is easy to list alphpbetically, with or without a class picture.  You can also just click on your graduation year and see only that group.

I encourage you all to use your "Notify Me" tab in Member functions ...  one of the choices activates an email so you can be notified of additions to the In Memory listing.  So you won't miss a new obit added. 

NEW INFO  :   Below is a link to to the website of BC Cemetery Directory ..  Lots of history here.

You may have noticed several notices about "In Memory" updates, that is due to the efforts of Shirley Olson Bradley, '58  ..  she has done a great job researching obits and the like.  First it was to add year of death, but, she developed far more info.  Thanks Shirley.



Year Book Project   Looking for Volunteers

In recent days there have been several entries on Facebook about alumni who have  or want an Aquila  ..  The primary alumni with a catch of them are:     Steve McAdams,  has 65-77   Unfortunately Steve already gave them away.  ..  Jim Widner has 42-46 and 54-58  .   

The thought is to find a computer savey BCHS alumni who would be willing to scan them, so we could access to them on the Website.

If you can help, please respond with what kind of help you are offering  And if you have some other years, let us know which they are.  The cost of shipping and returning will be paid by the Alumni Fund.

I have added our first one ..1942  thanks to Paula Hurt McFarland, Class of 61.  The Aquila '42  was her mother's,  Lena Baker Hurt, class of 42.    Give it a try , by clicking on this link.  

David Hamdorf had scanned 63.64.65 and is sending them to add.  You can see the Aquilas that we have added  clicking on  the TAB on the left.

We need some more helpers to scan their yearbooks  ..  It is a job for a savy computer user  ,  I hope we get more volunteers !    

Jim Widner '58


Here is a sentimental Boulder City story that spans 4 or 5 generations. It starts with Anna Parks who started a Mortuary in 1926 in Las Vegas.  It involves several BCHS Alumni  and families ..  Hope you enjoy it.   Just click on the link below.  









We got NO Boulder City  volunteers for a  2018  Reunion and now none for a 2019 reunion ,  maybe next year? 

We did get offers of help  one from Washington state and  one from an early alumni in Henderson ..  but  both offered help with side roles,  no   offers to step  in  for  big jobs.

The 2017 BCHS Multi-Class Alumni Reunion was a  success in October 2017, but may have been the LAST Multi-Class event unless some interested, willing and able individuals step forward to continue this effort.  HELP is needed to sustain the Multi-Class Alumni Reunions, and this BCHS Alumni web-site .   Time is running out to make reservations, send out letters and emails, get caterer, etc.

Sandy Hamdorf Christiansen and Lail Leonard stepped in again last year to pull out a one night Reunion, they have paid their dues.  Mike Berry has moved to Texas and is not in a position to carry the ball anymore.   And, So,  we need some BCHS  individuals willing to take over this long standing BCHS alumni tradition, the annual Multi-Class Alumni Reunion, monthly alumni luncheons, and even this web-site that Jim Widner keeps up.

If you are willing to help and join the committee, contact us through the website ASAP.    Help us carry on the this long standing BCHS Alumni tradition!

Some of the Committee member responsibilities include: Participating in Alumni Committee meetings for the planning of the yearly reunion and monthly alumni luncheons; securing venues for the two-night reunion in October; arranging catering; updating, printing and mailing the reunion announcement letters and enrollment forms, alumni directories, and name badges; processing payments and updating the web-site reunion enrollments; decorations; registration; community support efforts; special events such as golf and/or raft trips, etc.


Simplier Plan suggestion:    

Here is my suggestion for you and the Committee to ponder. We down scale the Reunion get together. Don't get indoor venue, don't get caterer, don't ask for any prepayment , etc. Still have it in October , so it can be outside.   INSTEAD we have a picnic (Kind of like old reunions on the 4th) Everyone would bring their own food and drinks .. someone would have to arrange a park or big backyard. We have helped the high school a lot, so maybe we could arrange one of their fields or a city park? We could have some story telling , we could still do name tags if we ask for RSVP .. we could still use the website to communicate to all 600 alumni who have an email .. the 150 or so who never signed up will just have to hear about it from a friend i.e. no mailing, which is expensive and time consuming, doesn't seem like they are too interested anyway.

I would welcome suggestions and ideas from the six Reunion Committee members or any Alumni   For this to work, seems like we need to get one or two BC kids to spearhead the effort.   5/10/2019


​Previous BC home page postings.

Following are some of the previous information clips that were on this Home Page and became out-dated, but may still be of interest to some Alumni and new users.   I thought of just copying them to a Picture alubum  ..  but, that was a lot of work, when or if interested you can see them here.  I reactivated a bunch more of the older postings.     Jim W.



For you BC star watchers.

The Hoover Dam hides an intriguing secret connecting sky to ground and past to present, using very much the same “as above, so below” system of measuring time deployed at Giza around the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

To learn more, take a read of this intriguing article by Wally Motloch.

See the full article here:

Here is a note we received from Wally , the author. 

From:  Wally Motloch

I noticed that you referenced my article and wondered if there may be someone there that might have more informations or wants to talk about the Star map. I will be in Bolder City Wed. May 29, 2019. and would love to meet such a person. Kind regards, Wally 

Great Hot Dogs  ..  before Costco  .. Don's,  Father of Dick Dossett  class of '56 and Pat Dossett class of  '53

Later acquired by the Glass family  ..  Helen Glass , class of 60


The new Principal of BCHS came to the Reunion Friday night along with some of her teachers and a bevy of cheerful, bright students.   Mrs. Wagner, Amy to most I'll bet, sure displayed her enthusiasm and school spirit.   Here is a pic of her with two of the early BCHS grads from the Class of 1943.  Fred Holland and Mary Jane Carter Smith.  Both of their fathers helped build Boulder Dam and both have a rich part to play in the history of BC.   Fred still lives in Boulder City and mentioned his family is now in its 5th generation of students in Boulder City.  Mary Jane had a colorful, interesting start in BC and returned for a few years in mid life to raise her kids.  
We send our thanks for "Amy's"  efforts  ...   I think  BCHS is in good hands .  jw
BCHS now: see website with a video by Amy    
This Pic from 2017 reunion.  Moved back to front page to accent the above announcement of Amy receiving Nevada Principal of the Year Award. 

Here is a pic from Facebook  ..  Clark Co. Areo Squad in 1955.  NOTICE the fellow on the right has a BCHS letter sweater on  ..  Does anyone know him ??


Polka Dot Haven  ..  Inspiration of Teddy Fenton, building was an old barrack from Camp Williston, students and volunteers helped  fixed it  up and we all enjoyed it.

Boulder City High School is in good hands now days.  Amy named Nevada principal of the year.  

BCHS  is in good hands with Principal Amy Wagner  ..  here is a local pod cast interviewing Amy at the Coffee Cup  .. better known by old timers as New China Cafe  and Green Hut.

Bold Boulder was live.

58 mins · 

Bold Boulder Ep.73-Amy Wagner

Tour of new BCHS  on 7/3/2019 




Picture of 1955  football team     Thanks to  Adrienne Coombes Gonzales  ,  daughter of Jerry Coombes '54,  and  Collete Cole Coombes '59   ..  she found it cleaning out old drawers of her mom.  She kindly posted it on Facebook..  

The football seasons of BCHS   in mid 50s are  a  ledgend

1955-56  10 wins  0 losses  ,,  1956-57  9 wins  and 0 , losses  ..   The class of '58 season fixed that with a 5/3 record.  

Adrienne also sent this pic of Damboree   Contest  with lots of BCHS almni from 57, 58, 59. in the pic.

One more she found:


Picture of the week

Be sure and check out some great grade school pics from several classes. They are in the the tab "Photo Galleries",  "Early Class pics".  They are grouped by decade!



Here is a pic of Biddulph Ford on Nevada Hiway across from former Airport, now the Elks Club. Also there is  a newspaper  ad from 1956 .  ..  I bought my first car there, for $95,  a  1948 Chevy. in 1956. , it lasted for a decade.  ... Jim W.


We have added some  great pics from the 2016 Reunion were taken by our classmate Ben Arp Class of '66 ..   go to the tabs on the left   "Photo Galleries"  "Reunion 2016"   ..   We are working on the pics from the very enjoyable and sucessful 2017 Reunion  and we will add them soon.

  BCHS reunion Committee  

Sandy, Mike, Greg, Lail, Jim, Pepper.           








Note:  You can see earlier Photos of the Week using the tab "Photo Galleries" "Pic of Week".  

Better yet, here is a copy of the Slideshow I did for the 2016 Reunion highlighting the past Pics.   Jim W.


Here is an interesting video  of a look back at the history of  BC  landscaping ..  narrated by Dennis McBride.  Sponsered by Bold Boulder .


The discussion in the video about the oleanders at the park near school playground, reminds me of this story. My mom and dad ran the Sweet Shop in the late 40s and one day Charlie Smee came in and got an ice cream cone .. he paid with a $20 bill .. believe me no kid had a $20 bill in those days. Betty, my mom called Dorthy , Charlies mom and asked if she knew Charlie had a $20 bill .. well NO , turns out he lifted it from her purse and buried the change in those oleanders .. the story goes that he could not find the buried treasure after confronted, maybe he forgot where, maybe someone else took .. still remains a mystery .. the sad part of the story, time has taken away the witnesses for the answers.Here is a pic (from UNLV/Edwards collection)  of the school playground, the bushes were off to the left , the Smee's home is in the pic


  Here is a pic of those bushes in the park    looking toward Admin. Bldg.

Plus a vintage pic of Charlie Smee, Jimmy,Widner and  David Stanley

and the Sweet Shop in the mid 40s

     Jim Widner , BCHS class of '58    .





Well good news, at Chistmas time,  the new uniforms arrived and  were put to immedate use.  Here is pic of the girls, and  we received warm Thank You notes from  Coach Estes and the girls.     This  all  makes one feel good about helping ..  Thanks for your loyalty to BCHS.  Jim   






Here is the list of direct Donors and school year, additional funds were raised by a group of Alumni thru a raffle at our SoCal Party on 10/20/2018, and the General Fund pitched in also.   It may be embarrasing to some to be on the list but, I think they deserve the  recogintion.  

Yr. Donor Yr. Donor Yr. Donor
62 Janet Beck Lewis 59 Sandy Hamdorf 57/58 Nevada Raney Davis + Hank
60 Pepper Coombes 62 Robin Segerblom Liggett 60 Peter Lyons
58 Jim Widner 43 Mary Jane Smith 56 Frank Scussel
55 Bob Patterson 60 Dorthy Ainsworth 65 Jeannie Batchlor Miller
56 Roy Atkin 61 Sharon Rogers 64 Katie Lang Lawrence
57 Eugene Mitchell 62 Jim Lang 63 Walt Larsen
58 Lavonne Brown Estes 66 David Hamdorf 60

David Shay

42-67 Website & raffle 60 Marvin Mayes



Tom Lopas

Bill Lawellin

Living in Boulder City

Just a short note to Thank everyone who made the fund raiser for the Girls BB uniforms a success.  The goal was to raise the estimated uniform costs of $2,100  BUT  with many donations from a cross section of Class Years (1943 to 1964),  and the raffle held at Marvin Mayes home,   WE raised $2,300.  Boy does this show that "Eagle Spirit" .   Jim Widner & LaVonne Brown Estes.

Take a look at photos from SoCal get together 10/20/2018 ..   use Tab "Photo Galleris" then "Reunions"  then "Reunion 2018" hope you enjoy.


American Pie (1971) is an allegorical song by Don McLean that starts on the death of Buddy Holly in an airplane crash in February, 3rd 1959, the day the music died...  What a moving video for you music and history buffs. 

click on this link for video:


What a collection of wonderful teachers ...

I could not find an Obit for Russ F.    Does anyone have info on russell ?    JW

Honeycutt, Lillian V., 1899-1980
Jonasen, Bernice E., 1910-1990
Muchow, Violet G., 1907-1989
French, Edna E., 1892-1989
King, Martha Pike, 1902-1994
Farnsworth, Russell
Garrett, Elton M.
Edwards, Elbert B.
Garrett, Madelaine E., 1919-2001
Source     Image ID: 0214 0150
Original Collection     Elbert Edwards Photo Collection


We all owe a thanks to Johnny Manis and his family for their Photo Collection of Boulder City and Boulder Dam.  There are 3200 pictures on the UNLV website that Johnny took.  Surely his daughters are largely responsible in passing on his pics to UNLV.   So many thanks to them.  Both his daughters are alumni of BCHS and are shown below.  I have made use of many of them on this BCHS  website.

According to the biographical data sheet, on file with the George Eastman House, “Lloyd Franklin “Johnny” Manis worked for Earl Brothers (curio king and owner of theatre) as a photographer from about 1935  till the late 1950’s.

Suzy Manis Hoffman, Class of 1964  and Pat Manis, Class of 1958.

Pat was quiet  and moved to Calif.  and I lost track of her  ..  turns out she lived 10 miles up the freeway before her passing in  1989   I can't think about Pat without Patricia Manisincluding her father  Johnnie Manis.  We can all thank him for recording BC history  by thousands of pics  and thank Pat and her family for turning them over to UNLV to be scanned and made available to all of us.   

We could not locate info about Suzy . I enlisted others from her class but,  we have lost track of her. and web searches did not produce a good result.

Jim Widner


P.S.  I must also add that we have gratefully  used other great  UNLV Photo  Collectionbs of other BC families, including:   Edwards, Belnap, Garrett,  & Knighton.  



Video ..  done for 50th reunion for class of 1958

Here is a video done for our 50th class reunion, a short 10 years ago.  I watched this morning and thought it was worth a look again, especially to those in the Class of 58  ..  but, I will post it here for anyone else who may be interested,   some pics include classes of 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 60.   Hit this long link to view :  Jim W.


Here is  a pic of some BC  Damboree Queens  from the 1976 Program  ..  lots of familar names !

Here is the count of Alumni  maintained on our website.  It covers the Classes 1942 thru 1987 at July 2018.

Total listed on website:           1947  Originated from listings provided to us from a class rep. for each year.

Deseased  (known)                    632   Known (word of mouth or obits with BCHS referenced) Could use                                                                help keeping active  or reviewing "Missing Classmates"

Active List:                                1315   What can members do to help update lists? see below:

  • with Email:                        644  send along any updated info i.e. moved, deceased. Only 49%
  • with address no email:    281  if you know their email, send them a message to join. The cost                                                          to  mail info is $150-200 each time.
  • no personal information  390  review your class friends using the "Missing  Classmates"                                                            tab  enter your graduation year.  or check them all out..

Improvements  we could all help with to make the website more useful,  would be:

  • more members could add an email address, rather than using their address.
  • learn more about deceased.  Members can look over list of missing and notify Committee.
  • get info from those not active: maybe they  moved, are uninterested, or deceased.  Maybe active members can invite missing to join again.

Monday evening,  10/29/18  was a sight to see as the Hoover Dam turned purple from 6-10 p.m. to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Photo from : Boulder City / Hoover Dam Museum  see their  Facebook page at:*F


I sent this pic to Roy Atkin '56 ,  as usual he regaled us with a wonderful look at BC history . here you go.  

Jim, Thank you for the photo of the old church.  I spent my growing up years in that church.  We later when I was a senior completed a new church on 5th street.  
I have a photo somewhere of the congregation in front of the church 1932 at the dedication.  Several of those in the photo I came to know.  
There were no pews but only folding chairs.  The main room had a stage also. There were two small class rooms, a very small kitchen and restrooms.  When I was about 11 years old, the church was jacked up and a basement was made.  In the basement there were two large rooms for a Junior Sunday School, and Boy Scout Meeting Room, and a class room.  On occasion the folding chairs in the main upstairs room were moved to the sides and we had dance lessons.  
At one time the church caught on fire.  During the time of repairs, the Episcopal Minister offered the use of the Episcopal church for our services.  When our church was rebuilt, it was re-dedicated.  The Episcopal Minister came for the re-dedication and was honored by his generosity.
During the hot summers, we had large  overhead fans to attempt to cool the church.  Not very successful as I recall, so ladies brought hand fans and tried to keep them and the children cool.           Great memories.   Thank you.    Roy
Here is one more pic I have,  that is relevant from 1958 era.  jw

Several pieces of Boulder City High School’s old building have been given a new life.

When it was being torn down about 2½ years ago, then-yearbook teacher Canaan Petersen noticed some items, including windows, doors and theater seats, that were going to be thrown out.

“My heart was broken when the old school was torn down,” he said. “I felt compelled to save something for alumni, future alumni and those who consider it home.”  The moving force for this project was Kirk Estes.

July 11, 2018 - 4:16 pm  See the full article  at this Link:                                    
p.s.  There is another touch of BCHS history to this story.  Kirk Estes is the son of BCHS, Class of 58 grad Lavonne Brown Estes.  She went on to become an elementry school teacher in BC  for decades. Yes decades.   j.w.

Here is a link to the Memorial Events in BC  in 2018    ...

Here is a great video about the RR Trail, its tunnels and its history in building Boulder Dam.    jw


There is a great story about BCHS football in the 50s by Floy Daun Atkin Mackay's , class of 52  webpage .  

Mr. Schultz’s Theory

Since it’s football season I thought you might enjoy this true story about a coach from my High School. It’s related by my brother, Roy. I am posting it because I needed a smile, and thought you might like to have one, too.

Hope you enjoy.  Click this link.      jw

smileyIf you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Connie Burnett-Ferraro then you are missing out on a local treasure! Connie has been the artist behind the creation of several murals here in town, including the latest   freize on the BCHS Theater.   

But now, she’s been commissioned by Elena Medo, the CEO of Medolac to create a mural for the entire side wall, of their upcoming location at the former Von’s store.

The mural will face Boulder City Parkway, and when finished will be 116 wide by 16 feet tall!

See the full article in Boulder City Socail by Jean Widner at:


Here is a great video tribute to Mrs. Gene Segerblom from her Celebration of Life gathering in 2013 ..  highlighting her contributions to BCHS  students.  Thanks to Penny Lappin Lester '64 for posting it on Facebook and special thanks to Philip Esser for posting it years ago, so we can call enjoy seeing it.   jw   

Click on this link to view  video #3:

Click on this link to view video #1 ?

There are 3 more parts to the videos, I will try to track them down also.  There is a nice obit in the Teacher List Tab you may want to explore.

This would be a great way for all of us active with BCHS to help keep the wonderful history of BC alive for us to enjoy.  They post some wonderful old pictures, check out their website.
The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum tells the story of the Boulder Canyon Project as it was experienced by the men and women who braved the desolation of the Southern Nevada desert to build Hoover Dam and Boulder City.
Support the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum by becoming a member. Individual memberships start at $20. A Family membership is $40, Organization $60, Business $80. Basic members receive a 10% discount at the Museum Store, a 15% discount at the Boulder Dam Hotel, as well as complimentary admission to the Museum. You can join at the museum, or on their website. Check out their website for some pics:

Here is a list of    BCHS Authors   ..  For more info go to the tab  "Alumni Authors" where there is a recap of their books.

Jan Christian , Class of 1970 ,   Leave no Brother Behind Memoir
Dorothy Ainsworth,  Class of 1960.  The House that Dorothy Built
Phyllis Nelson Traeger, Class of 1961 - How I got Cultured - A Nevada Memoir
Homer Olsen, Class of 1942   - Skidmarks along the Highway of Life
Karen Rosenbaum  ,  Class of 1958   Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Wives.  and
                                      A Safe Place ,  Boulder City (you can read in Alumni Authors Tab)
Sally Denton, Class of '70 - "The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World"
Ricky Tilman, Class of 1957  -  See list
Ken Frejlach, class of 1956   Take No Memories
Ralph Magee Class of 1957  - The Woman Board and From Sand to Sea and Distant Shores.
Mable Mitchell - Beloved English teacher BCHS  -  Gloria: A Downwind Saga
Frank Shelton - Class of 1942  - He authored numerous books pertaining to nuclear weapons and genealogy.

Here is a great picture of 4 generations of BCHS grads in the Broadbent/Swarts  family, starting with Sue Swarts, class of 1952.


2016 Donation   --  This year the Donation Comittee chose to help the BCHS Girls softball team by "pitching in" to purchase their helmets.  As a THANK YOU  they made a  banner and posted it at Whalen Field.       

The Reunion Committe  also sends out our thanks to those Alumni who have made donations.  There is a tab on the home page for those who may want to join in and one listing the  generous donors.


Your DAM fact of the day: On September 2, 1945 the Dam reopened to the public! Prior to the United States entry into WWII, the federal government established Hoover Dam as a military training camp because the hydroelectric power it generated was essential to manufacturing plants on the West Coast. In March 1941, Camp Williston was established in Boulder City with approximately 800 soldiers, rangers, watchmen, and boat pilots to patrol Hoover Dam’s perimeter. Gates were established on the highway in both Nevada and Arizona to control all public access across the dam, as well as stationary guards and roving patrols to protect key areas. When the United States officially entered the war, the dam and surrounding areas were closed to visitation. The original exhibit building, located in the Nevada Spillway lot, became the headquarters and home for the soldiers guarding the dam. Even tour guides helped in the effort by becoming part of the ranger force. To increase security, all exterior lighting at the dam, power plant and switch yards was turned off except during periods of inspection or repair; windows in the power plant were blacked out with paint; and machine gun posts were constructed around the dam. All measures remained in place until the war ended and on September 2, 1945 all normal security measures and activities resumed!

Provided by Boulder City/Hoover Dam Musuem

What a wonderful surprise I ran across a few months ago while looking at some USBR history website  ..   I came across my Dad , Chet Widner,  who was a Ranger and was one of the guards at the Dam during WWII.


Here is a neat article in the BC News about a couple of our favorite 1956 grads.

See the article here:


Here is neat segment on late night TV   ..   see it at


New  welcome sign to Boulder City, highlighting "Historic Downtown".   It is patterned after the Figures of the Republic at the Dam.  The arch was put in place in December 2013.  It is at the intersection of Buchanon and Nevada Hwy, heading East.   For you oldtimers, the sign is just before you get to the site of the former Lake Auto Court and Little Store.  Also shown is a pic showing a former Welcome Banner from the 30s, in almost in  the same exact spot  as the new welcome sign.


pic from the UNLV Johnnie Manis Collecion,


New statue in Frank T. Crowe Memorial Park.  The way the the laundry is hanging up in mid-air is done well, so I thought I’d grab a photo for ya!

Narrative & Photo provided by "Boulder City Social" a great website with BC info.



Hoover Dam Megastructures Video by National Geographic.

Watch Other Boulder Dam Videos:

Here is a neat website highlighting  Prior Histroric Remodelling projects in BC  for the last 6 years.​     


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From  Boulder City Social  Newsletter/Blog.

Be sure to check out the tab "IN & AROUND BC" if you are nostalgic about great BC stories.

1) Articles from BC News about BC.

2) That great old Dam movie, from the Visitor Center.

3) A slide show about the new bridge construction. 

4) A wonderful PBS special video about BC and the Dam, with lots of pics and quotes from BC "old timers".

5) Interesting slide show "McKeeversville - part ghost town, part Boulder City".

6) The search for the lost watercolors of Boulder Dam done by Stanley Wood in 1931-34.

7) Just added some great pics of the building of Boulder Dam ..   go to the "In & Around BC" tab (near bottom) to view.  Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

8)  Where is all those years go  ..  interview and article from Boulder City Review  in  2014;

Sad days ahead for BCHS.  

Here are a couple of articles in two great BC news outlets about the pending demolition and renovation of Boulder City High School.  You can access the articles by clicking on the following 2 websites:

Here is a pic of BCHS in 1949 while under construction ..  notice B Hill (pic from UNLV/Edwards)

Hospital and the Welsh home in picture.


Last Dam Worker

You can access the full Obituary at:

The Boulder Bowl is going to close for good tomorrow .. that was the headline in the BC paper in May, 2011.

The city's only bowling alley was built in 1947 and was a source of fun and employment to a whole bunch of us BC Alumni. How many remember setting pins along side Kieth Pymm. But, one of your fellow alumni stepped in saying “ Kids and adults need this landmark saved “ . He bought the building, completely remodeled it, and re-negotiated the lease so the operator would continue.

Some of us stopped there after the reunion and it looks great, it almost looks like an extension of the museum with the great murals on the walls depicting the building of the Dam.

Thank You Pepper Coombes for being such a loyal, sentimental Boulder City Kid.

Mural out front. (Jessica and Pepper + Pepper)

One of the Murals added to the inside Alley Wall.

Can you help identify some of these Girl Scouts?

Front row: ?, Edith Widner, ?    Back row ?, ?, Pat Turner suggestions:  Beth Akers, Louise Smee, Dianne Earl  ??????

Walter Beeler told me they fixed it up and flew it off in the mid 50s   J.W.

BOULDER CITY REVIEW              Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wondering where all those years go


It has often been said that the older you get, the quicker time passes. In my experience, I have found this to be true.

Life has been a whirlwind lately.

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the Boulder City Review. And, in just a few short weeks, I will mark my one-year anniversary as editor.

I remember that week five years ago when the Boulder City News closed its doors and the Review opened. It was crazy, scrambling to find an editor and staff, while creating a flag/logo and look for the paper in just a few days.

I had done some redesign work on a sister paper, and adapting these styles for the Boulder City Review was easy. At the time, I didn’t even consider the possibility that I would one day be editor and at the helm of the paper.

It seems like just yesterday that this happened. Sure, my kids are older and I have spotted a few gray hairs, but I don’t know where the time went.

I can only imagine how the past 50 or 60 years have flown by for graduates of Boulder City High School. Judging by the stories they shared with me Friday night during the annual reunion for those who have graduated 50 or more years ago, it seems as if time barely blinked since they walked the hallowed halls of their beloved high school.

The very informal group is open to anyone who graduated from Boulder City High at least 50 years ago. They have a reunion every October where they swap stories, share a few laughs and drinks, and renew their friendships.

Their lives have taken many paths. Some have stayed in Boulder City, some have moved just over the hill and a few have ventured out of state. But no matter where they live or what they have done with their lives, one thing remains constant: a love for Boulder City and the people who call — or have called — it home.

“It’s just magical — an ideal place to grow up,” Jim Widner from the class of 1958 told me. “Everyone had two parents. We walked to school and walked home for lunch.”

“It’s just a beautiful, unique city to be raised in,” agreed Diane Nelson Earl, also from the class of 1958. “We were so blessed. We all knew each other, our teachers, our neighbors.”

Because the graduating classes were so small, and everything in town was so close together, there was less distinction between the classes and friendships spanned the years, said Richard Roper, who graduated in 1957.

They became so close that they can practically tell each other’s stories and life histories.

That closeness also extended to the school’s football field, he said. Growing up, neighborhood boys would get together to play so by the time they got to high school they already had a solid foundation for their coach to build on.

“Nobody could beat us,” he said.

Fred Holland, a member of the class of 1943 and one of the oldest people attending, said he wouldn’t miss the reunion “for all the world.”

A resident of Boulder City for most of his life, Holland said he is happy to be a part of the community. He felt so strongly about his experiences here that he persuaded his granddaughter to move her family from Reno so she could raise her children in the city.

The alumni also do some casual fundraising with prize drawings, with proceeds benefiting BCHS. Just recently, for example, they donated $2,000 to purchase a new sound system for the school.

Roy Atkin from the class of 1956, said the group’s seed money was a scholarship fund started in 1956. Today, however, BCHS seniors have ample opportunities to obtain scholarships, so about eight years ago the group decided to stop giving scholarships and use the money for things the school needs.

Members of the current student council were on hand at the reunion to thank the group and help with check in and a raffle.

And though they still have a few years to go until they are eligible to join the group, the soon-to-be graduates saw how good friends and special memories can melt away time.

Happy 4th of July

Here are some pics from the BC Damboree celebrations in 1953 borrowed from the Boulder City Musuem webpage ..  you can see at their great website at

1943 ..  Civil Defense, volunteer firemen

Boulder City Elementry School, turned City Hall


Boulder City Hall now,  with art sculpiture.

Boulder City Elementry and High School 1933+-  ..  Last Day of School

Ferraro Murals

Photo provided by "Boulder City Social" a great website with BC info.  For the Mural Tour click on their link:

Here is a great WWII pic of BC,  I got from Facebook by a user "Vintage Vegas".  It shows Camp Williston and it's  barracks, which came into play in our days as a Mormon Church, National Guard meeting place and Polka Dot Haven.        jw


1st BC Schools in 1932  ..  organized by the community.


In Memory of Frank Shelton, Class of 42.

There are many kids who grew up in Boulder City who made a big impact on the world and became a success.  Mary Jane Carter Smith (43) and Homer Olsen (42) have aquainted me with their classmate Frank Shelton from the first graduating  Class of 42.  I felt it was worth sharing their friendship and memories with you all.  He passed away last month.  His family posted a very nice obit which is in his Memory Page.  Homer was his best friend for 80+ years and had some stories about him in a book Homer wrote.  They are also on the Memory page.  

Coinsidently someone from the BC Historic Assoc. very recently posted a pic of him on facebook when he was a young boy in McKeeversville.   His father was a 31er and was an electrician on the Dam and died  young.


Frank went on from  BCHS to WWII then on  to Cal Tech and Amherst  and became a  nuclear physicist.  He went on to be the leading scientist on developement of atomic bombs, atomic testing and nuclear energy production.  He authored many books and films about nuclear issues.

I just wanted to point out this wonderful story of a BC kid, with apparant spartan beginnings, and invite you to read his Memory page.  A tab on the top left side of the home page.     Jim W.

Dead Roses and Blooming Deserts:   The Medical History of a New Deal Icon1
by:    Michelle Follette Turk

“They died to make the desert bloom. The United States of America will continue to remember that many who toiled here found their final rest while engaged in the building of this dam. The United States of America will continue to remember the services of all who labored to clothe with substance the plans of those who first visioned the building of this dam.” 2

Although a memorial plaque at the Hoover Dam sets the number of workers killed during its construction at ninety-six, the real figure was nearly double.3

You can acces the whole artice/paper from  the "In & Around BC" tab.

Boulder City’s Gene Segerblom, a former Nevada assemblywoman, teacher and friend dies at 94.


See full obit in the Teachers Tab.


Remember those dust devils at dry lake. .. Here is interesting article and video.

click on this link

This is a good website for BC info.

Some 1st for BC

From  Boulder City Journal of March 11, 1932 (BC 1st Anniv.) 

  Newspaper from the Marvin Mayes Collection.

Boulder City Now Has An Official Flower

Hollyhock - Official Flower of Boulder City, NV

Yep! Boulder City, Nevada now has its own flower — it’s officially called the “Boulder City 31ers Heirloom Hollyhock” and it’s a pretty one, too!

The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, with support from the 31ers and the Historic Preservation Committee, requested that the City adopt the hollyhock as the official flower for Boulder City in Resolution 5914, which was unanimously passed at the May 8th, 2012 City Council Meeting.

Below is an excerpt from the Museum’s official letter that gives a little history about the hollyhock plant and why it’s a recognizable piece of Boulder City history.

And if you would like to purchase seed packets of the Boulder City 31ers Heirloom Hollyhock, you can do that at the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum (located in the Boulder Dam Hotel at 1305 Arizona St.) for $5 per packet!

And a big thanks to Patty Sullivan for the great photos below of our new official flower…check out the whole plant image below!

Hollyhock in Boulder City, NevadaIla Clements-Davey and Laura Smith are two women who grew up in early Boulder City during the 1930s. Their father, Tom Godbey, was a Hoover Dam construction worker who built the first privately owned home on Avenue L. Taken from the oral histories of these women is a story about the first hollyhock seeds brought to Boulder City by their neighbor, Grandma Pickett. In the spring of 1932, the first hollyhock plants grew from little sprouts to tall, blossoming plants at Grandma Pickett’s house. The hollyhocks provided protection for the children playing outside in the hot desert sun. Laura Smith specifically remembers the effect the plants had on her as a small child, “As a little one I thought that was my best friend in all the world,” she said, “because it was shade.” Grandma Pickett shared her seeds with her neighbors, and shortly many homes on Avenue L had their very own hollyhocks on display.

Throughout the decades, the seeds from those first Boulder City hollyhock plants have been passed down through the generations of Boulder City families and throughout the community, as they can be seen blooming all throughout town this spring. The Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum’s 31ers Educational Outreach Program also uses the hollyhock oral history as a tool to educate children about environment, agriculture, and (through the oral histories) use of primary sources as valuable research material.

Boulder Dam Hotel

There have been numerous books written about the construction of Boulder Dam (subsequently renamed Hoover Dam) but I stumbled onto one very simple book about it.  This Zane Grey novel, Boulder Dam, published in 1963, years after Grey died.  In it, Grey's hero, Biff, works at eleven different jobs on the construction site.  I recommend it just for a view of construction work and Boulder City in the 1930s.

And a lot of pictures have been taken of the dam and of its construction.  If you see a picture of workers toiling away on Boulder Dam, there's a pretty good chance that it was taken by Ben Glaha who was hired to document the project.  Glaha was a very talented and artistic photographer and a book of his work at the dam was published in 1999 by Santa Barbara art professor, Barbara Vilander.

About four years ago, we were passing through the desert Southwest again, and happened upon the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City.  Well, that's not quite accurate.  Linda's sister lives in Boulder City and she knew that this was they kind of hotel that we would love.  It's on the National Register of Historic Places and has an elegant lobby with lots of historic photos.  She was right.  This was our room.

Notice that picture on the wall?  It is the Boulder Dam Hotel at an earlier date.  I went out and took a current picture for comparison.
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 Now, last January, we were browsing through an antique mall in the Pensacola, Florida, area and I came upon issue number two of U.S. Camera from January, 1939.  Inside is a feature article on Boulder Dam by Ben Glaha.  It has a couple of Glaha's well-known pictures but also has this one titled simply, "Dan."

I sent the magazine along to sister-in-law Cindy who promptly told me that there is a statue of Dan in Boulder City.  Well, I missed it when we were there.  But just a few blocks from the Boulder Dam Hotel, there is indeed a statue of Dan by sculptor, Steven Liguori.  He has taken a bit of liberty with the name but that's Dan, don't you think?
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Frank & Ernest


There are a couple of 1950 Football Programs of the Golden Eagles in the "Reunion Photos" section.  They were provided by Richard Workman '62, he said his mom and dad saved everything.