Blood Drive

The visitor center contains displays of mining equipment, a collection of rocks and old bottles and brochures.

It is open from 6 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

daily.

Weichelt said the center draws about 80 visitors a day and more than 20,000 people visited last year.

Visitors from near and far pack Chloride during special events such as the St.

Patrick's Day Parade and Old Miner's Day Parade, which takes place during the last Saturday in June.

The events feature gunfights and other activities.

The parade during Dolan Days, held on the Saturday of the Labor Day holiday, is one of the biggest draws in its community, said Al Bingham, vice president of the Dolan Springs Chamber of Commerce and publisher of the twice-monthly Dolan Springs News.

The chamber-sponsored event takes place on the main drag of Pierce Ferry Road and features games for children.

Bingham, a retired printer who moved to Dolan Springs seven years ago, said cow-plop bingo used to take place during Dolan Days.

"We used a real cow," he said.

"We had one-foot squares.

We put the cow in the pen with the squares."

Wherever the cow went became the winning bingo number and drew a $250 prize, Bingham said.

Asked why cow-plop bingo did not take place this year, Bingham referred to a clash between property owners and ranchers over a state law that makes property owners responsible for keeping livestock off their land.

"You have been reading about the cow being shot," he said.

Bingham said he moved to Dolan Springs from Burson, Calif., after his wife died in February 1996.

He went to Dolan Springs to visit his sister, Joyce Gode.

"I liked it so much, I bought property next door," he said.

"I had to get out of that (Central Valley) fog."

Bingham is among an estimated 5,000 people who call Dolan Springs home.

"That's a pretty low-ball estimate," Ford said.

He said the community is 14 miles long and 12 miles wide.

Ford cites nearby attractions such as a thick growth of Joshua trees growing a few miles east of his office off Pierce Ferry Road.

He and Bingham prefer to keep another attraction secret to protect it from vandalism: petroglyphs.

Taking separate vehicles, Bingham drove to petroglyphs etched in an outcropping of volcanic rock no more than a mile from Pierce Ferry Road.

Bingham also pointed out grinding stones at the location.

"They are something," Bingham said.

"It's just a history of the whole area.

Any time there is history involved, it needs to be preserved."

Bingham said he likes the quiet and scenery in Dolan Springs and its proximity to fishing in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and casinos in Laughlin and Las Vegas.

However, Dolan Springs may not be marketing its attractions.

The Dolan Springs chamber office, also located on Pierce Ferry Road, does not have any brochures.

"That's something we need," said Sandra Wells, the only person manning the office on a Tuesday afternoon.

Wells, a native of Dusseldorf, Germany, has lived in Dolan Springs and is proud to call the town her home.

"The living is easy here, it is cheap and it is convenient in a way," she said.Linda Zim-

merman finds a con-

structive way to pass the time Wed-

nesday while giving a pint of blood during the United Blood Services Blood Drive at the Del E.

Webb Wellness and Rehabil-

itation Center.

Zimmerman is taking a humanities class at Mohave Community College and was reading "The Art of Watching Films." The blood drive continues from 9 a.m.

to 6 p.m.

today.