07:00 pm - 08:30 pmEvent Category:Click to Register
Friends of Gold Butte
Mesquite Community Theatre
150 North Yucca Street
Mesquite, NV, US, 89027
Join the Friends of Gold Butte as we present the story of one of the most daring and controversial highway construction challenges in United States history. Interstate 15 travels through a 29 mile section of rugged high mountain Mojave Desert in the extreme northwest portion of Arizona through the Virgin River Gorge. After 14 years of work, this section was completed in 1973 at a cost of more than $61 million, or $100 per inch.
To this day it represents one of the most expensive and spectacular engineering feats in the history of the U.S. interstate highway system. The finished road takes travelers on a 500 million year geological journey on a four lane super highway that has become the economic lifeline of the desert Southwest.
This film tells the epic story of how this impossible road was built on this improbable route and the people who overcame every obstacle to make sure it happened. This highway project had a real impact on the city of Mesquite and the surrounding areas, and is an integral part of the history of our town. Elspeth Kuta of the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum will be on hand to answer audience questions regarding the project after the movie.
As always, our speaker series is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30, program will begin at 7:00 PM. Donations always appreciated!