Before the first spade of dirt had been turned to create Boulder City, Garrett was covering the birth of the town that would become his home. Beginning in 1929 with the Las Vegas Evening Review-Journal, he moved two years later to Boulder City to become managing editor and one-man bureau of the Boulder City Journal, an edition of the Review-Journal. His “Nuggets of Boulder Color” column chronicled a historic time for Nevada and the nation through the stories of regular working folks who were constructing one of the engineering wonders of the world. Garrett continued his journalism career through 1942, even as he launched a second career in 1932 as teacher and later principal of Boulder City’s only school. His civic leadership helped the town earn its home-rule status in 1960.