Help the Sparks Heritage Museum Save the Iconic Last Chance Joe Statue.
The Nugget has donated Last Chance Joe and the first $5,000 to move Joe to a prominent location on the front of the Sparks Heritage Museum on Victorian Ave. in downtown Sparks. With the help of Q&D Construction and a very generous gift from the Max America Foundation,the costs associated with the move are covered. Help is still needed from the community to cover engineering at the new location, restoration of any damage caused by the move and ongoing maintenance expenses.
Last Chance Joe was originally installed in 1958 at Dick Graves Nugget in downtown Sparks. He was built by RH Grosh Scenic Studios in Los Angeles – a firm that also produced work for Disney. Joe was originally shipped to Sparks via train in three pieces. He has presided over downtown Sparks for 56 years and is an irreplaceable piece of roadside Americana typical of mid-century design.
You can be a part of history. Contribute to the Last Chance Joe fund.