Lost City Museum in Nevada

721 Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, Nevada When Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s and vast Lake Mead was created,

Lost City Museum, Nevada
The collection at the museum ranges from Early Man to historic Pueblo and Paiute cultures. The pottery in the foreground (left) is Hopi.

721 Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton, Nevada

When Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s and vast Lake Mead was created, the construction came with a cost: the loss of historic Anasazi Native American sites. When one such treasure, Pueblo Grande de Nevada, was threatened, the National Park Service enlisted the Civilian Conservation Corps to excavate ancient artifacts. The CCC also helped to erect the adobe brick pueblo to house the trove—the Lost City Museum.

Built on the ruins of an actual pueblo, the museum displays tools and weapons made from bone, quartzite, chert, or obsidian; turquoise pendants and beads; and an extraordinary collection of Anasazi pottery, known for its distinctive, highly stylized designs. Visitors who stroll the grounds of the three-acre site enjoy an intriguing array of desert plants, many of them labeled.

Open daily except major winter holidays. Admission charged.

www.nevadaculture.org/docs/museums/lost/lostcity.htm

(702) 397-2193

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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