Lost City Museum prepares for 85th anniversary celebration


February 14, 2020

Contact: Guy Clifton, (775) 687-0646


Lost City Museum prepares for 85th anniversary celebration

OVERTON, Nevada – Lost City Museum will be celebrating two important anniversaries in March – the 95th anniversary of the Lost City Pageant of 1925 and the 85th anniversary of the grand opening of the museum in 1935.

Both events will run in conjunction with Moapa Valley Days on March 14 and feature Clark County Museum Administrator Mark Hall-Patton – a frequent guest expert on the TV show “Pawn Stars” – as the keynote speaker.

“Moapa Valley is full of prehistory and history,” said Museum Director Mary Beth Timm. “This is a great opportunity for the museum to celebrate with the local community. We have participated in Moapa Valley Days for the past three years, but this year we wanted to plan something truly memorable.”

There is some great history to celebrate.

In 1925 – one year after archaeological digs started in the Moapa Valley – a pageant was held to celebrate the lives of those in the region, including prehistoric peoples, Paiute life and the European settlers that came in the 1860s.

The Boulder Dam Museum (now Lost City Museum) was completed in 1935. The historic structure was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps to house the excavated artifacts and material culture of the Ancestral Puebloans. After 85 years, it continues it role to educate the public about the artifacts and more recent American Indian artistry such as Paiute basketry.

To commemorate these two historical events, the museum will be hosting its modern take on the pageant, featuring cowboy poetry, the Las Vegas Valley Model A Ford Club and a lecture by Hall-Patton on “The Drowned Towns of Lake Mead.”

Festivities start at 11 a.m. and also include kids’ crafts and a pop-up photo exhibit of the Lost City and Moapa Valley during the 1920s and ‘30s.

Museum admission of $5 includes the event and gallery viewing. Children 17 and younger are admitted for free.

Lost City Museum is located at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., in Overton. For more information, call (702) 397-2193 or visit the Facebook page at




Photo Caption – Lost City Museum c. 1935 showing individual adobe bricks, which today are covered in a protective plaster. Photograph by Howard E. Sweeting, courtesy of Lost City Museum.