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How A California Dam Was Identified As Boulder Dam On NV's 2016 Calendar


The Don Pedro dam in California was misidentified as Boulder Dam, otherwise known as Hoover Dam, in a state issued calendar.

Nevada has a proud history entwined with the social fabric of the country.

And for 40 years, the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs has celebrated that history with a yearly calendar.

About 10,000 calendars have been printed this year.

But they might think about printing more, because this one could become a collector’s item.

That’s because the cover photo of Boulder Dam is not, in fact, Boulder Dam.

How the black-and-white photo of a dam was misidentified as the Boulder Dam, which many of us call Hoover Dam, took some sleuthing.

The photo was found by Special Collections in the University of Nevada-Reno Library system. Jessica Maddox, a technician in Special Collections, said the mistake was one that won’t happen again.

She said the photo came from an old postcard in their collection of some 200,000 photos. A handwritten note on the back said it was Boulder Dam, circa 1935.

So that’s how it was identified.

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