Sparks, Nevada: Last Chance Joe - Temporarily Gone36 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.
Visitor Tips and News About Last Chance Joe - Temporarily Gone
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.