Thursday, November 19, 2009
Friday My Town Shoot Out ~ My Town's Premier Attraction
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Believe it or not,
the sign that welcomes visitors to Las Vegas
is one of my town's premier attractions.
The sign was first erected in 1959 and was designed by Betty Willis.
The circles that encompass the letters that spell Welcome,
represent silver dollars because Nevada is nicknamed
The Silver State.
According to Wikipedia,
the design is characteristic of the googie architecture movement.
Over the years, the sign has been moved several times
farther south on Las Vegas Boulevard due to the city's growth.
It is so popular now,
that it has its own parking lot so that visitors can stop
and take pictures of this historical landmark.
Other premier attractions include casinos, shows,
helicopter rides, hiking in Red Rock, Bonnie Springs Ghost Town,
Valley of Fire, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas Raceway, Mt. Charleston,
One of my favorite places in the summer time
is boating at Lake Mead.
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Lake Mead is one of the largest man made lakes in the world.
It spans over 247 square miles of shoreline.
When the lake is full it can hold over 28 million acre-feet of water
the equivalent to about 2 years of normal average river flow from the Colorado River.
(that's about 9 trillion gallons)
There is an abundance of fish in Lake Mead
and ducks too.
This is a fisherman's dream.
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There was even one fish who thought he was a duck.
I think in addition to the attractions I have already listed,
one of the most popular reasons people come to Las Vegas
is to get married in the wedding chapels.
We even have drive-thru wedding chapels.
I wanted to get photos of all the chapels
but I just did not get around to it.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed my perspective on my town's premier attraction.
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This week's theme was chosen by Kent in Montana.