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Giant Prospector.

Giant Prospector

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Washoe Valley, Nevada

The giant prospector has been mining a gentle slope in Washoe Valley for about 30 years, ever since he was retired from his job standing at the Nugget Casino in Reno (he started at the Claimstake Casino, which closed after a year). The 20-ft. tall fiberglass figure is the eye candy for The Candy Factory along US Hwy 395. Visitors can park in the store parking lot, walk up the hill (at their own risk, as a sign advises) to pose with the giant, and buy a bag of assorted chocolates on the way out.

A major highway construction project behind the prospector, for Interstate 580, was completed in late 2012. Now a lot less people pass by the Candy Factory and the prospector than did before. The Candy Factory may move; will the prospector pull up stakes as well?

Giant Prospector

Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory

611 US Hwy. 395 N., Washoe Valley, NV
Outside the Chocolate Nugget Candy Factory. Southbound side of US 395, near the north end of Washoe Lake, midway between Reno and Carson City.
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