Sparks, Nevada: Last Chance Joe36 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, threatened with demolition 2014.
- 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV
- Outside the Nugget Casino. I-80 exit 18. Turn right onto Hwy 445/Pyramid Way, then an immediate left onto Victorian Ave. Cross Victorian Plaza Circle and the Nugget will be on the left.
Visitor Tips and News About 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.