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If you are flying into Las Vegas, depending on your seat on the plane and the flight pattern, you may be able to see the Wheel of Misfortune as you fly into the city.
Wheel of Misfortune
Wheel of Misfortune Overview
The Wheel of Misfortune is “artwork” of a graffiti artist known as Aware. I have looked online to find other artwork of this artist and only found the art in Oakland, CA and not feeling they are the same graffiti artist.
The artist created his artwork in 2012 with his / her crew on 250′ wide open pit that was used as a thickener pit, which is part of the old abandoned manganese mine known at Three Kids Mine.
Supposedly the Aware team evaded security over a period of three days to create this huge art feat.
Seriously think about this… 250′ circle to get the slots even, lines straight, and paint the letters/numbers so they can be read… not easy.
Folks often joke that the TV show Wheel of Fortune should be named the Wheel of Misfortune for those who do not win. Well, Mr. Aware took it a step further and actually made the wheel options very unfortunate with slots saying:
- Lose a Home
- Lose a Job
- Bank Owned
- Lose All Hope
- and… slots with 000
Supposedly, the owners of this private property that the Wheel of Misfortune is located want to develop the land for residential or commercial use. I can see why for residential, as the views from the area are SPECTACULAR as seen in the photos below.
Personally, I would not take small children or my dog with me as the land is incredibly littered with rebar, broken glass, rusted cans, and more.
It’s sad to see what people have left behind and unfortunately, it makes the area a tetanus shot and stitches waiting to happen.
Also, I do not recommend that you venture to the mine or the quarry to poke around for further adventure – keep it safe.
How to Get to The Wheel of Misfortune
The Wheel of Fortune is located on private property on the Southside of the Lake Mead Parkway behind Laker Plaza. River Mountains Bike Shop, and Lake Mead Boat Storage.
If you want to use a mapping app to get there then type in Three Kids Mine as most mapping apps don’t recognize Wheel of Misfortune as a location.
Parking at The Wheel of Misfortune
If you want to venture out to Henderson to check out this unusual “attraction” you can pay $5 to the Lake Mead Boat Storage shop to park your car on their property and trek on over to the Wheel of Misfortune area.
Once you park, you walk up the fence line (as seen on the map above) and you will soon find the thickener pits that are heavy with graffiti art. While we were there we ran into several folks tagging the pits and the wheel. (You can see one of them in the photo below tagging the “wheel.”
Once you are done avoiding mud, nails in the ground and rebar sticking out from the concrete, if you enjoy beer then treat yourself to a few flights of beer at the Boulder Dam Brewery.
Links of Interest
Wheel of Misfortune
I am an outdoor enthusiast who would rather be on a backcountry backpacking trip than a stroll on the beach (although I do love the beach!).
Living in Las Vegas has afforded me the opportunity to easily explore the Southwest region of the United States.
A nature lover, I am often found at the end of the pack taking photos and videos of the wildlife found on the trails. Colorful flowers, desert animals, and unusual geological rock formations are often the majority of my photos.