Labor Day Retrospective: The People Who Built the City

On Labor Day, we like to post photographs of the men and women who helped build this city. Continuing this tradition today, Mr Jim Widner sent us this photograph of Mr Bruce Eaton, an early community resident. Mr Eaton worked at Hoover Dam. In this pic, he and a group of volunteers begin construction on the football field of Boulder City High School in 1951. Years later, the field would be named in his honor. In this photograph, he is the man pictured third from the right.

About the Eaton family, Jim had this to say:

“The Eatons were a family that helped build Boulder City history. The pic was of Bruce who worked at the Dam and was a wonderful volunteer. Mrs. Mary Eaton was a teacher and an important part of the Rainbow Club (for young women). And their 2 kids were BCHS standouts. Their son, Gary Eaton, passed away in 2014, but the real Boulder City historian of the family was Kay Eaton Hettingger. She had such a great memory of Boulder City events and in fact Nevada events, since she too was a teacher in Southern Nevada and Northern Nevada. She passed away in October 2021.”

Thanks, Jim, for sending along the pic. We do enjoy the history of our beautiful town and respect those who came before us to make it the desert oasis that we’ve all come to love!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day.

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