The Sparks Heritage Museum announced Tuesday that the Last Chance Joe restoration project has entered its final stage.
The 32-foot-tall figure will get a fresh coat of paint. The museum says work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the month.
The restoration project started in 2014 when the statue was moved from the front of the Nugget casino to the Sparks Heritage Museum. Last Chance Joe was built in 1957 and weighs about 5,500 pounds.
The museum says the initial estimates of the restoration is between $26,000 to $30,000 not including future upkeep.
In December 2017, the Nevada DMV started issuing license plates featuring an image of the gold miner. The plate costs $63.00 and $20.00 with funds benefiting the Sparks Heritage Museum for exhibit maintenance and Last Chance Joe restoration.