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Overton
Unincorporated Town
Overton seen from the edge of Mormon Mesa
Overton seen from the edge of Mormon Mesa
Country United States
State Nevada
County Clark
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)

Overton is an Unincorporated Town located in Clark County, Nevada. The town is on the north end of Lake Mead. The town is home to Perkins Field airport and Echo Bay Airport.

History

Overton was originally settled in 1869 with Helaman Pratt serving as branch president. A regular LDS branch was organized there in 1883. In the 1880s, Overton was the location of the only store in the lower Moapa Valley and attracted people from neighboring localities who arrived in Overton to buy supplies. In the 1930s, the town of St. Thomas was submerged by water as Lake Mead was being filled, and the majority of its population relocated to Overton. After that, Overton developed as the main core of the business community in the lower Moapa Valley. It also hosted most of the social events in the area.

Geography

Overton is located in Moapa Valley 65 mi (105 km) northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. The town features a stunning landscape of mesas, foothills, and nearby Lake Mead. It is also the settlement closest to Valley of Fire State Park.

Demographics

Overton is in the Moapa Valley, Nevada Census Bureau CDP.

Attractions

  • Double Negative is a work of art dug into the ground near Overton.
  • Lost City Museum, houses artifacts from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. In particular, a pueblo dwelling has been reconstructed in the inner yard of the museum.
  • Overton Wildlife Management Area is located south of Overton and adjacent to Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
  • Overton has four entries in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Boulder Dam Park Museum (listed in 1996);
  • LDS Moapa Stake Office Building (listed in 2002);
  • Overton Gymnasium (listed in 1992);
  • St. Thomas Memorial Cemetery (listed in 2005).

Two more entries are located in the vicinity of Overton. These are the wreck of Boeing B-29 Serial No. 45-21847 submerged in Lake Mead and Pueblo Grande de Nevada.

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