In its earliest days the Lake Mead, Moapa Valley area, Nevada was occupied by Native Americans from about 100 B.C. to 1150 A.D. The earliest historic settlement was in 1865. Sent to the Lake Mead area by Brigham Young, a group of Mormon settlers created the towns of St. Joseph, Overton and St. Thomas. The lifestyle in those days was extreme. The Lake Mead area settlers survived desert heat, drought and Native American hostility. The group left in the late 19th century when the Moapa valley became part of the State of Nevada. The towns they created, however, remained until Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s. St. Joseph was renamed Logandale, but St. Thomas was eventually covered by water when the dam was completed.
The best-known attraction in the Lake Mead, Moapa Valley area is the Lost City Museum. The ?lost city? is Pueblo Grande de Nevada, a grouping of Anasazi Indian sites located along the Muddy and Virgin Rivers. There were originally over 100 sites in total, though some were inundated with water when Hoover Dam was built. The museum maintains and displays the artifacts excavated from these sites in a recreated pueblo made of sun-dried adobe bricks. Visitors can enjoy the displays, or take part in the museum?s tours and programs.
Moapa Valley area residents and visitors also enjoy the activities in and around Lake Mead. Lake Mead is part of a national recreation area that spans almost 1.5 million acres. The Overton section of the lake boasts stunning beaches and two marina facilities that offer boat and houseboat rentals. The Overton Marina also supplies camping facilities with hook-ups. Other popular Lake Mead activities include swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. The desert landscape surrounding the lake is ideal for nature walks and hikes.
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