Sparks, Nevada: Last Chance Joe - Temporarily Gone

36 feet tall, a smiling, one-toothed, white-bearded prospector with a floppy hat and a pistol on each hip. Built in Los Angeles in 1952, arrived in Sparks in 1958.
1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV
Formerly outside the Nugget Casino. Removed on Oct. 7, 2014. He is being repaired, and will have a new home outside the Sparks Heritage Museum in Spring 2015.
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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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