Sparks, Nevada: Last Chance Joe

36 feet tall, a smiling, one-toothed, white-bearded prospector with a floppy hat and a pistol on each hip. Abandoned by his casino owners in 2014, Joe was rescued by the city and moved to a place of honor in front of the Sparks Museum.

Sparks Heritage Museum

Address:
814 Victorian Ave., Sparks, NV
Directions:
Sparks Heritage Museum. I-80 exit 18. Turn north onto Pyramid Way. Drive one block. Turn left onto Victorian Ave. You'll see Last Chance Joe on the right, in front of the museum.
Admission:
Free
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Last Chance Joe. Nugget Sam is... Last Chance Joe!

His name is not Nugget Sam. It's Last Chance Joe [according to a plaque next to the statue].

[Dennis Myers, 03/21/2007]

Last Chance Joe, a smiling, one-toothed, white-bearded prospector with a floppy hat, was built in Los Angeles in 1952 and shipped out to Sparks on May 12, 1958. According to his plaque, he required a special flatcar and had to be routed through Oregon because of tunnel clearance. He stands 36 feet tall.

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