Art Lynch has worked for three years with Patty Sullivan and the 31ers in research, development, curriculum, events and talent, to help the 31ers become a regular ongoing part of Boulder City, NV
Boulder City 31ers, remembering the families that built the Boulder Dam
Patty Sullivan (right) is a 31er. Tom and Irma Godbey brought their family to the hot desert at the height of the Great Depression to find a new life on the Boulder Dam Project.
I work with Patty on the 31ers, a Boulder City grass roots community organization keeping history alive and bringing the story of the settlers and one of the greatest engineering projects of the 20th century to school children, community members and new resident's of Boulder city.
Click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKmb8h7UwNU for fully produced promo for "31ers" event. Working with my wife and others in the community, I combined my love of history, pride in my community and talents as an actor to learn about, script and present full length, community meeting and classroom education presentations as Frank Crowe.
Contact Patty Sullivan at (702) 400-3254
Boulder City 31ers
What is a 31’er? Originally, a 31’er was the term used for a person who arrived in the area that would become Boulder City, Nevada back in 1931, prior to serious construction on the Boulder or Black Canyon Dam (later named Hoover Dam).
Over time those who worked or lived in the area during the entire time the dam and Boulder City itself were under construction came to be known as 31ers.
Today, anyone who has lived in Boulder City for at least 31 years or is a descendant of those who worked on the dam or who lived in Boulder city during the building of the dam are eligible to be called a 31er.
What is the Boulder Canyon Project Act?
The Boulder Canyon Project Act is the name the federal government gave to the entire process of building Hoover Dam and Boulder City. The dam remains the largest water and power projects in US History.
The monumental construction effort resulted in the invention of technology and equipment still used today, and a dam considered one of the major wonders of the modern world.
Hoover dam provides power and water for six states, created what for most of a century was the largest man made lake in the world, Lake Mead, and allowed for the growth of what are now the major southwestern cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix,
Los Angeles and San Diego.
The 31ers and their families who came to Nevada seeking work during the Great Depression weathered extreme conditions, took on dangerous work and added to the legacy of the American West in a key chapter of how man can overcome obstacles and create a lasting legacy.