Wendover is a remote town that evolved from a 1920’s gas station, with a single light bulb on a pole, to a Utah/Nevada border town with six king-sized casinos.
The 63 foot tall cowboy stood in front of the Stateline Hotel and Casino from 1952 until 2005, when Stateline became the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino. The Nugget gave Will to the City of West Wendover and he traveled to what is now considered the center of town.
Wendover Will was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the “World’s Largest Mechanical Cowboy.”
Another historical site located in this remote area is the airfield where World War II bomber pilots and crews trained in their B-19s and B-24s. Wendover was chosen for a top secret mission, because of it’s remote location. After a year of training for this historical mission, Colonel Paul Tibbets and his crew lifted off a B-29 named Enola Gay from this airfield. His flight brought him to Hiroshima, Japan where an atomic bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” was released and destroyed the city.
This event marked the beginning of the end of World War II.
The plane was named for Colonel Tibbet’s mother. It was never documented as to how she felt about her name being attached to a plane associated with such a massive weapon of death.
Several flying scenes for the movie Con Air were created, using this tower as a backdrop.
Note the white cutout section above the doors of the Enola Gay’s hanger, to accommodate the tail of the B-29.
After the base’s closing in 1969, The Historic Wendover Air Field Foundation was formed to preserve and restore the frame buildings. They could be best described as having the patina of rusted gold.
As history buffs, we enjoyed viewing the displays and photos at the airfield’s museum. More information on what some visitors consider an eerily and ghostly remote area, is available at this site: http://www.wendoverairbase.com/museum. Please share some of your travels to remote areas.
(This is part of Travel Photo Mondays #2 on Travel Photo Discovery.)