Golden Nugget Las Vegas
The Golden Nugget Las Vegas is a luxury hotel and casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Fremont Street Experience. The property is operated by Landry's, Inc.. It is the largest casino in the downtown area, with a total of suites; the Golden Nugget was built in 1946, making it one of the oldest casinos in the city. Jackie Gaughan at one time owned a stake in the hotel as part of his many downtown properties. Steve Wynn bought a stake in the Nugget, which he increased so that, in 1973, he became the majority shareholder, the youngest casino owner in Las Vegas. In 1977 he opened the first hotel tower and the resort earned its first four diamond rating from Mobil Travel Guide, it was the foundation for Wynn's rise to prominence in the casino industry. The second hotel tower opened in 1984 along with the showroom, the third tower was opened in 1989. In 2000, the Golden Nugget was sold to MGM Grand, Inc.. Although the Golden Nugget was profitable, it was not part of the master expansion plan of the corporation, focused on consolidating a long stretch of the Strip by acquiring Mandalay Resort Group, building City Center, beginning construction in Macau.
Gaming revenue on Fremont Street had peaked in fiscal year 1993. The Golden Nugget was sold for $215 million to Poster Financial Group, owned by Timothy Poster and Thomas Breitling in 2004; when Poster Financial assumed control of the Golden Nugget, they began to upgrade the gambling operation by installing new cashless slot machines and by increasing the maximum bet available at table games to $15,000. Their story became the basis for The Casino, a television series on Fox that premiered on June 14, 2004. On February 4, 2005, Texas-based Landry's, Inc announced its intent to purchase the property and the Golden Nugget Laughlin; the sale closed on September 27, 2005. After the purchase, the Golden Nugget embarked on a 14-month, $100 million renovation project, completed in November 2006. In December 2007, the Golden Nugget completed its $70 million Phase II project, which expanded the resort west onto First Street and introduced additional entertainment and dining venues. Phase III was the opening of a 500-room, $150 million hotel tower on November 20, 2009 along with the Chart House restaurant.
FilmsIn the Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas In the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, the casino can be continually seen in the police chase scene. The casino can be seen in the beginning of the film Smokin' Aces, in which the antagonist cuts the ribbons for the casino's grand opening. In the film Next, Nicolas Cage is seen entering the Golden Nugget through the Fremont Street entrance; the Golden Nugget features prominently in the poker mockumentary The Grand. TelevisionAlfred Hitchcock Presents 1959 episode "Man From The South", the opening shot shows the Casino and Fremont St; the Golden Nugget and Fremont Street are in the opening scene of "The Night Stalker" with reporter Carl Kolchak investigating a series of vampire murders in Las Vegas. Vega$ showed exterior shots of The Golden Nugget in the opening and closing slots and in the pilot episode The Casino, a Fox reality television series is based on the story of the Golden Nugget's acquisition by Poster Financial Group. In 2010, the casino's pool and shark aquarium were featured throughout an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In all Street Fighter II games, Balrog's stage is set in front of the Golden Nugget, with the sign seen in the back. In HD Remix, it has been changed to the "Crazy Buffalo" in reference to the name of Balrog's original Super Combo; the name Golden Nugget designates several casino games: Golden Nugget, Golden Nugget 64, Golden Nugget Casino, Golden Nugget Casino DS. In Fallout: New Vegas, the logo of the "Silver Rush," a gambling hall, shows a similarity to the logo of the Golden Nugget; the world's largest gold nugget on display, the Hand of Faith is still shown today in the Golden Nugget lobby. Weighing 875 troy ounces and 18 inches in length, the Hand of Faith was found near Kingower, Victoria and put on display at the casino in 1981 amid a number of other gold nuggets; the casino's large hotel sign at its entrance off Fremont and Casino Center was removed in 1984 when the casino underwent renovations. The old sign presently sits at the YESCO signage yard; the expanded resort is built around two aquariums.
The larger faces the swimming pool, incorporates a slide through the tank containing full grown sharks. The smaller aquarium is in the lobby of the Rush Tower. A total of five specialty restaurants were added: Vic & Anthony's steakhouse, Grotto Ristorante, Lillie's Asian Cuisine, Red Sushi and Chart House; the Chart House has a view of one of the aquariums. The pool is a $30 million unique three level adventure with an enclosed slide through a shark tank, hidden grottos, swim up bars and multi depth areas. Tom Breitling and Tim Poster were the highest profile successful entrepreneurs who profited in the downtown market during the last crisis; as recounted in Tom Breitling's book, Double or Nothing, the partners agreed to buy the Golden Nugget and had an agreement to sell the property after operating it for only one year. The partners made $113 million in profit called the highest rate of return in such a short time in the gaming industry. Amazingly enough the partners had a negative income for the year and the fortune was made while total revenue for downtown was still flat.
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Boulder Dam Hotel
The Boulder Dam Hotel known as the Boulder City Inn, is a hotel located in Boulder City, Nevada, listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. It was designed in the Colonial Revival style by architect Henry Smith; the hotel was built to accommodate official visitors and tourists during the building of Boulder Dam, now Hoover Dam. The restored hotel is still operating with 22 rooms available; the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum is located in the hotel. Operated by the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association, the museum features exhibits about the Boulder Canyon Project, the building of Boulder Dam, the history of culture of Boulder City; the hotel was built for W. F. Grey, who saw the opportunity for a hotel in the "government town" of Boulder City; the hotel was completed in 1933. P. S. Webb purchased it from Grey in 1935 as part of his tourist agency. Webb advertised turning the hotel into a destination resort. Webb sold the property during World War II. Built in a U-shaped configuration, wings were added in 1935 to make it H-shaped.
The two-story building is built of concrete block. The north elevation, the entry, is fronted by a two-story porch with square columns; the hotel has seen a number of celebrity visitors, including Boris Karloff, Shirley Temple and then-Crown Prince Olav and Princess Martha of Norway. The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 1982; the Boulder Dam Hotel Association purchased the hotel in 1993 and spent over $2 million to restore it. During the restoration, the number of rooms was reduced from 83 to allow for more public spaces. Major renovations were completed in the early 2000s allowing the hotel to reopen. Boulder Dam Hotel Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum SAH Archipedia Building Entry
Zappos.com is an online shoe and clothing retailer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company was launched under the domain name Shoesite.com. In July 2009, Amazon acquired Zappos in an all-stock deal worth around $1.2 billion. Zappos was founded in 1999 by Nick Swinmurn, who says that his initial inspiration came when he failed to find a pair of brown Airwalks at his local mall; that same year, Swinmurn approached Tony Alfred Lin with the idea of selling shoes online. Hsieh was skeptical, deleted Swinmurn's voice mail. After Swinmurn mentioned that "footwear in the U. S. is a 40 billion dollar market and 5% of, being sold by paper mail order catalogs," Hsieh and Lin decided to invest $2 million through their investment firm Venture Frogs. The company was launched online in 1999 as "ShoeSite.com."In July 1999, the company's name was changed from ShoeSite to Zappos after "zapatos," the Spanish word meaning "shoes." In 2000, Venture Frogs invested capital into the business and allowed Zappos to move into their office space.
In 2001, Hsieh came on board as co-CEO with Nick Swinmurn. From 1999 to 2000, Zappos earned $1.6 million in gross sales. In 2001, Zappos brought in a significant increase from the previous year. In 2004, Zappos reached $184 million in gross sales and received a $35 million investment from Sequoia Capital; that same year, they moved their headquarters from San Francisco to Nevada. Over the next three years, Zappos doubled their annual revenues, hitting $840 million in gross sales. By 2007, the company expanded to include handbags, clothing and kids’ merchandise. In 2008, Zappos hit $1 billion in annual sales. One year they debuted at No. 23 on Fortune's Top 100 Companies to Work For. In the early 2000s, Zappos made the decision to move away from its original business model wherein the company does not manage any inventory. Hsieh noted, "Even though it was hard to walk away from sales at a time when nobody is offering you money, we couldn't distinguish ourselves in the eyes of our customers if we weren't going to control the entire experience.
We had to give up the easy money, manage the inventory, take the risk." In 2009, Zappos announced an acquisition by Amazon. Within Zappos’ board of directors, two of the five—Hsieh and Alfred Lin—were concerned with maintaining Zappos company culture, whereas the other three wanted to maximize profits in a down economy. Hsieh and Lin planned to buy out their board of directors, which they estimated would cost $200 million. In the midst of this, Amazon executives approached Zappos with the proposition of buying the company outright. After an hour-long meeting with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Hsieh sensed that Amazon would be open to letting Zappos continue to operate as an independent entity, started negotiations. On July 22, 2009, Amazon announced that it would buy Zappos for $940 million in a stock and cash deal. Owners of shares of Zappos were set to receive 10 million Amazon.com shares, employees would receive a separate $40 million in cash and restricted stock units. The deal was closed in November 2009 for a reported $1.2 billion.
On June 22, 2012, Zappos announced it would be handing operations of its Kentucky warehouse to Amazon on September 1, 2012. The outlet housed in the Kentucky warehouse remains open. On January 16, 2012, Zappos announced that its computer system was hacked, compromising the personal information of 24 million customers. In response, the company required all of its customers to change their passwords on the site, though it noted that it was unlikely that password information was obtained due to encryption; this incident led to a class action suit In Inc.. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, with plaintiffs claiming that Zappos did not adequately protect their personal information. On September 9, 2013, Zappos moved their headquarters from Henderson, Nevada to the former Las Vegas City Hall building in downtown Las Vegas, after an effort to renovate the building. CEO Tony Hsieh, at the time stated that he wanted "to be in an area where everyone feels like they can hang out all the time and where there's not a huge distinction between working and playing."
The move was lauded by Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman who said "This move will bring about a critical mass of creative persons to the inner core of Las Vegas in addition to causing a significant shot in the arm for the economy and for new jobs." As of 2010, shoes accounted for about 80% of Zappos' business. As of 2007, Zappos had expanded their inventory to include clothing and other accessories, which accounted for 20% of annual revenues. Zappos executives stated that they expected that clothing and accessories would bring in an additional $1 billion worth of revenue, as the clothing market is four times the size of the footwear market; the company sells many different types including vegan shoes. In 2004, they launched. On average, Zappos employees answer 5,000 calls a month, 1,200 e-mails a week. Call center employees don't have scripts, there are no limit on call times; the longest call reported. According to the company, Zappos employees are encouraged to go above and beyond traditional customer service.
In particular, after a late night of bar-hopping and closed room service, Hsieh bet a Skechers rep that if he called the Zappos hotline, the employee would be able to locate the nearest late-night pizza delivery. The call center employee, although confused, returned two minutes with a list of the five close
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Las Vegas's 61-acre Symphony Park and is a five-acre performing arts center consisting of three theaters in two buildings. The Neo Art Deco design style was chosen by David M. Schwarz to echo the design elements of the Hoover Dam, just 30 miles to the southeast, it shares design features with the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The center features a 17-story carillon tower containing 47 bells and is the first performing arts center in the nation to be Gold LEED certified, it opened on March 10, 2012. The Smith Center features international music, dance companies and is the home of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre; the Center is under the leadership of CEO Myron Martin. Prior to The Smith Center opening, Las Vegas was one of the largest cities in the country without a performing arts center; some customized production shows and venues have long existed at various resorts on the Las Vegas Strip but none were geared towards the variety of performances that a stand-alone center would provide, such as that required for touring Broadway productions or major symphony orchestras.
A smaller performing arts venue at the University of Nevada Las Vegas was inadequate for these purposes. Plans were conceived for a new center around 1994; the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation made a donation of $150 million in 2005, the second largest donation to performing arts in United States history. A car rental fee was initiated by Clark County and the State of Nevada to repay bonds of $105 million; these two factors together moved the public-private project towards construction. The building was named after Fred and Mary Smith, the chairman of the Reynolds Foundation and his wife, as the largest benefactors; the City of Las Vegas began separate plans around 2000 to build a downtown urban district called Symphony Park, selected as the site for the Center. In 2010, it was announced that the Lied Discovery Children's Museum would move to the Smith Center, replacing an proposed 600-seat theater, scrapped from the plans in 2008; the reasoning was that the city had numerous sized venues in the various hotel resorts.
A partnership with the Kennedy Center and some classrooms onsite provide educational opportunities for local youth. The planners expect the center to foster arts awareness and help to revitalize the downtown area with the Center's opening in 2012; the Smith Center Board wanted a timeless and elegant design, selecting architect David M. Schwarz to design the center, using inspiration from the Hoover Dam's Art Deco style as a major and lasting historical influence in the Las Vegas area; the building is a reinterpretation of Bertram Goodhue's 1922 design for the Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln, John & Donald Parkinson's 1929 Bullocks Wilshire in Los Angeles. White Indiana limestone for the facade, as well as numerous detail elements based on the Hoover Dam and 1920's motifs feature throughout the facility, including a winged sculpture in the Center lobby modeled after the dam's famous Winged Figures of the Republic statues. A prominent flower theme was added in select places since Mary Smith's favorite flower is the Blue Iris.
In addition, artwork by local artists from the Las Vegas Art Museum have been loaned to the center to be displayed. A large concert hall and two smaller theaters were designed as the main venues. At the corner is a 17-story tower featuring 47 bells and providing a new focal point for the downtown skyline, as well as the Center. Audio design firm Akustiks worked with Schwarz to ensure optimum sound quality in all the venues, installing high tech sound enhancing features like retractable drapery and auto closing doors to reflect or absorb sounds based on the performance type; the main hall is double soundproofed against outside noises. An outdoor park plaza was built, serving as an additional outdoor concert venue if needed, it features an artwork by Tim Bavington, representing Aaron Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man". The three main venues at the Smith Center are the Reynolds Hall, Myron's Cabaret Jazz, the Troesh Studio Theater, the first of, located in its namesake building and the latter two in the Boman Pavilion.
2,050-seat Reynolds Hall is designed to keep the seats close to the stage, seating is on 5 levels 240-seat Myron's Cabaret Jazz is designed for more intimate performances. 250-seat Troesh Studio Theater rehearsal theater The 2-acre Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park lawn for outdoor performances 47 bell carillon; the carillon was planned as a 36 bell instrument with a 3 octave range. Elaine Wynn Studio for Arts Education Grand Lobby Founder's Room and Mezzanine Lounge Best of music and Broadway from around the world. Broadway productions include blockbusters such as Book of Mormon, The Lion King and Hamilton Las Vegas Philharmonic Nevada Ballet Theatre Part of the Smith Center campus includes the new home of the Lied Discovery Children's Museum, to be renamed the Discovery Children's Museum. Official website of the Smith Center David M. Schwarz Architect's website about the Smith Center
Carroll Shelby International
Carroll Shelby International was an American automobile manufacturer formed in 2003 from custom performance vehicle manufacturer Shelby American, when founder and owner Carroll Shelby took the company public, additionally forming Shelby Automobiles as a subsidiary from which to continue manufacturing vehicles and parts. In 2009, "Shelby Automobiles" was renamed to "Shelby American", bringing back the original company name to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the 427 Cobra and GT350. Carroll Shelby Licensing is the second wholly owned subsidiary that forms Carroll Shelby International, based in Nevada. Shelby American manufactures component automobiles, including replicas of the small-block and large-block AC Cobras, the Shelby GT350 and the GT500 Super Snake. Since 2005, Shelby American has released new models each year. Carroll Shelby International was working with Texas-based Unique Performance to create new Mustang-based Shelby cars such as the GT350SR and "Eleanor". On November 1, 2007, Unique Performance was raided by the Farmers Branch Police Department due to VIN irregularities and subsequently declared bankruptcy, which ended the Shelby continuation "Eleanor" production and the relationship.
Shelby American was founded by Carroll Shelby in 1962 to build and market high performance parts and modified cars for individuals. The company was based at Santa Fe Springs, Venice, California. Production was moved to the A. O. Smith Company located in Ionia, Whittier and Las Vegas, Nevada; some of the automobiles produced by Shelby American were the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350, Shelby GT500 and Shelby GLHS. Shelby American installed the engines of US-market examples of the AC Cobra, an AC Ace with a Ford V8; the company was highly involved with racing, with Shelby cars winning many races and the first title for an American constructor at the World Sportscar Championship in 1965. From 1965 to 1967, Shelby American provided support to Ford for their successful campaign to win the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans as the first American constructor with the mid-engined Ford GT40's. With Shelby Daytona, Shelby became one of only three American constructors to win a title on the international scene at the FIA World Championships.
Shelby American moved in 1998 to Nevada becoming the first automobile manufacturer in Nevada and began production. In 1999 the company was sold for production of the Series I model. Cobra production was not part of the transfer of ownership. In 2003, a new holding company was formed called "Carroll Shelby International, Inc.", it was taken public. Shelby Automobiles was created as a subsidiary and manufacturing arm of the new company. In 2004, Shelby Automobiles purchased the assets to the Series I model. On December 15, 2009, Carroll Shelby International announced in a press release that Shelby Automobiles was being renamed to "Shelby American" in celebration of the 45th anniversary of 427 Cobra and GT350. CSX1000-series AC Holdings Ltd. chassis and aluminum bodies CSX4000-series various manufacturers and aluminum bodywork available CSX5000-series Shelby Series I models built in 2005 as component vehicles. CSX6000-series continuation of the CSX4000 series CSX7000-series 289 FIA Cobra roadster CSX8000-series 289 street car CSX9000-series Cobra "Daytona" coupe, released in 2009 The Shelby Museum is located on the site.
It includes a wide range of Shelby vehicles, from the first Cobra CSX2000 to prototypes of Series 1 and some of the latest creations. Total small-block Cobras 655 Total Cobras built 1,003 1965 GT 350 - 515 GT 350R - 36 GT 350 drag cars - 9 GT 350 street prototype - 1 Competition prototype GT 350 - 1Total 1965 Shelby Mustangs - 562 1966 GT 350 - 1,370 GT 350H - 1,000 GT 350 convertibles - 6 GT 350 drag cars - 4Total 1966 Shelby Mustangs - 2,380 1967 GT 350 Fastback - 1,175 GT 500 Fastback - 2,048 GT 500 Coupe "Little Red" - 1 GT 500 Convertible - 1 GT 500 Fastback prototype - 1 GT 350 Coupe Group II Race Cars - 15Total 1967 Shelby GT Mustangs - 3,240 1968 GT 350 Fastback - 1,253 GT 350 Convertible - 404 GT 500 Fastback - 1,140 GT 500 Convertible - 402 GT 500KR Fastback - 933 GT 500KR Convertible - 318 GT 500 Coupe "Green Hornet" - 1 Total 1968 Ford Shelby Cobra GT Mustangs - 4,451 1969 & 1970 GT 350 Fastback - 935 GT 350 Convertible - 194 GT 500 Fastback - 1,536 GT 500 Convertible - 335 GT 350 Hertz cars - 15 Prototype test cars - 3 Cars updated to 1970 specifications - 789 Total 1969-70 Ford Shelby Cobra GT Mustangs - 3,294 Shelby cars totals - 13,912 1986-1989 1986 GLHS Omni- 500 1987 GLHS Charger- 1000 1987 Shelby Lancer- 800 1987 Shelby CSX- 750 1988 Shelby CSX-T -1000 1989 Shelby Dakota- 1500 1989 Shelby CSX-VNT- 500Total Dodge production- 6,050 Shelby vehicle total- 19,962 AC Cobra Shelby Mustang Shelby CSX GT 500 Convertible Carroll Shelby International Inc. Carroll Shelby Museum-Las Vegas
Golden Gate Hotel and Casino
The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is located at One Fremont Street in Las Vegas, United States. A part of the Fremont Street Experience, it is the oldest and smallest hotel on the Fremont Street Experience. John F. Miller opened a temporary tent hotel – the Miller Hotel – on the property in 1905, while he planned to construct a permanent hotel structure, which opened as the Hotel Nevada on January 13, 1906. A casino operated within the hotel until a statewide gambling ban took effect in 1909. In 1931, the property was renamed as Sal Sagev; the casino reopened that year. In 1955, the casino was renamed as the Golden Gate; the entire property was renamed as the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in 1974. The Golden Gate was known for its cheap shrimp cocktails, served from 1959 to 2017. John F. Miller was among the first to come to Las Vegas in 1905. An auction for property in the city's future downtown area was held in May 1905. Miller purchased a $1,750 parcel at the southeast corner of Fremont Street. On the property shortly thereafter, he established the Miller Hotel, a temporary tent hotel, known as the Hotel Nevada.
In August 1905, Miller had plans to construct a permanent two-story hotel structure on the property. Construction on the new hotel was to begin as soon as the Kuhn Mercantile Company could vacate the property. In September 1905, the Miller Hotel became the first lodging establishment in Las Vegas to receive plumbing. In December 1905, plans were underway for a two-story retail and apartment building, to be constructed adjacent to the Hotel Nevada; the front of the new building was to be cemented to blend in with the hotel. Miller planned for the hotel to be modern, with amenities that included heating, a telephone system; the two-story Hotel Nevada, located at 1 Fremont Street, opened on January 13, 1906, becoming the first hotel structure in Las Vegas, the only concrete hotel in southern Nevada. The hotel rooms measured 10 feet square, cost $1 per day, were referred to by a local newspaper as "first class". Due to the hotel's popularity, Miller announced in June 1906 that he would soon have a third story added to the property, expected to be finished by September 1, 1906.
In October 1906, construction was underway on the addition, which consisted of brick and measured 20 feet by 30 feet. The addition added four bedrooms. In 1907, Las Vegas' first telephone was installed at the Hotel Nevada, with the number 1; the hotel's casino operated until 1909. The casino's blackjack and poker tables were subsequently put into storage. By March 1918, Miller was considering a large addition to the hotel that would consist of reinforced concrete and would include 40 feet of frontage along Fremont Street; the hotel gained additional popularity beginning in 1925, when city officials had Fremont Street paved. The Hotel Nevada reopened its casino in 1931; that year, the property was renamed as the Sal Sagev. In July 1955, Abe Miller – the property's longtime operator and the son of John F. Miller – was approved for plans to lease the Sal Sagev's ground floor to a 23-man group, which would sublease the floor for $25,000 per month to eight Italian-American men, nearly all of them from Oakland, California.
The eight men planned to open the Golden Gate casino on the ground floor of the Sal Sagev. Renovations on the new casino were underway that month and were being financed by the 23-man group, with an estimated cost of $330,000. Abe Miller was to receive $2,300 per month, as well as five percent of the gambling profits; the Golden Gate casino, named after the Golden Gate Bridge, opened on the ground floor in 1955, while the hotel retained the Sal Sagev name. Italo Ghelfi, one of the eight partners, operated the casino for nearly 40 years. In February 1957, John F. Miller died during a nap at his apartment, located within the Sal Sagev hotel, he was 92 years old, had experienced a substantial period of declining health. Abe Miller continued to operate the Sal Sagev into the 1960s. In 1964, the hotel was expanded to include a total of 106 rooms. In 1965, the hotel's exterior was covered in aluminum siding, which remained until its removal in 1990; as of 1969, Abe Miller operated the property with Helen Nugent.
In 1974, the entire property was renamed as Casino. Abe Miller and his sister had died by 1985, his sister willed her small ownership of the property to nuns at The Convent of the Good Shepherd of Las Vegas. Ghelfi's family purchased the property from the partnership in 1990, removed the metal-screen façade that had earlier been applied to the structure; the Golden Gate's 90th anniversary was marked by numerous celebrations in late May 1996, including Las Vegas mayor Jan Laverty Jones proclaiming it to be "Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel."The 106-room, four-story hotel was renovated in 2005. By that time, the property was managed by Ghelfi's son. Brandenburg became the owner. In March 2008, Brandenberg sold a 50% interest in the property to Desert Rock Enterprises, the investment company of Derek and Greg Stevens, who owned the Las Vegas 51s baseball team and a 19% stake in the Riviera casino. With new money infused by the Stevens, the Golden Gate undertook casino upgrades and hotel room renovations.
The following year, the Stevens raised their stake to 60%, Derek took over as CEO, with Brandenburg as president. In 2010, a Du-par's restaurant opened inside the Golden Gate. Du-par's operated as a leased tenant of the Golden Gate. In 2012, the Golden Gate began its firs
Nevada is a state in the Western United States. It is bordered by Oregon to the northwest, Idaho to the northeast, California to the west, Arizona to the southeast and Utah to the east. Nevada is the 7th most extensive, the 32nd most populous, but the 9th least densely populated of the U. S. states. Nearly three-quarters of Nevada's people live in Clark County, which contains the Las Vegas–Paradise metropolitan area where three of the state's four largest incorporated cities are located. Nevada's capital, however, is Carson City. Nevada is known as the "Silver State" because of the importance of silver to its history and economy, it is known as the "Battle Born State", because it achieved statehood during the Civil War. Nevada is desert and semi-arid, much of it within the Great Basin. Areas south of the Great Basin are within the Mojave Desert, while Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada lie on the western edge. About 86% of the state's land is managed by various jurisdictions of the U. S. federal government, both civilian and military.
Before European contact, Native Americans of the Paiute and Washoe tribes inhabited the land, now Nevada. The first Europeans to explore the region were Spanish, they called the region Nevada because of the snow. The area formed part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, became part of Mexico when it gained independence in 1821; the United States annexed the area in 1848 after its victory in the Mexican–American War, it was incorporated as part of Utah Territory in 1850. The discovery of silver at the Comstock Lode in 1859 led to a population boom that became an impetus to the creation of Nevada Territory out of western Utah Territory in 1861. Nevada became the 36th state on October 31, 1864, as the second of two states added to the Union during the Civil War. Nevada has a reputation for its libertarian laws. In 1940, with a population of just over 110,000 people, Nevada was by far the least-populated state, with less than half the population of the next least-populated state. However, legalized gambling and lenient marriage and divorce laws transformed Nevada into a major tourist destination in the 20th century.
Nevada is the only U. S. state where prostitution is legal, though it is illegal in Clark County, Washoe County and Carson City. The tourism industry remains Nevada's largest employer, with mining continuing as a substantial sector of the economy: Nevada is the fourth-largest producer of gold in the world; the name "Nevada" comes from meaning "snow-covered", after the Sierra Nevada. Most Nevadans pronounce the second syllable of their state name using the TRAP vowel. Many from outside the Western United States pronounce it with the PALM vowel. Although the latter pronunciation is closer to the Spanish pronunciation, it is not the pronunciation preferred by most Nevadans. State Assemblyman Harry Mortenson proposed a bill to recognize the alternate pronunciation of Nevada, though the bill was not supported by most legislators and never received a vote; the Nevadan pronunciation is the de facto official one, since it is the one used by the state legislature. At one time, the state's official tourism organization, TravelNevada, stylized the name of the state as "Nevăda", with a breve mark over the a indicating the locally preferred pronunciation, available as a license plate design.
Nevada is entirely within the Basin and Range Province, is broken up by many north-south mountain ranges. Most of these ranges have endorheic valleys between them, which belies the image portrayed by the term Great Basin. Much of the northern part of the state is within the Great Basin, a mild desert that experiences hot temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter. Moisture from the Arizona Monsoon will cause summer thunderstorms; the state's highest recorded temperature was 125 °F in Laughlin on June 29, 1994. The coldest recorded temperature was −52 °F set in San Jacinto in 1972, in the northeastern portion of the state; the Humboldt River crosses the state from east to west across the northern part of the state, draining into the Humboldt Sink near Lovelock. Several rivers drain from the Sierra Nevada eastward, including the Walker and Carson rivers. All of these rivers are endorheic basins, ending in Walker Lake, Pyramid Lake, the Carson Sink, respectively. However, not all of Nevada is within the Great Basin.
Tributaries of the Snake River drain the far north, while the Colorado River, which forms much of the boundary with Arizona, drains much of southern Nevada. The mountain ranges, some of which have peaks above 13,000 feet, harbor lush forests high above desert plains, creating sky islands for endemic species; the valleys are no lower in elevation than 3,000 feet, while some in central Nevada are above 6,000 feet. The southern third of the state, where the Las Vegas area is situated, is within the Mojave Desert; the area is closer to the Arizona Monsoon in the summer. The terrain is lower below 4,000 feet, creating conditions for hot summer days and cool to chilly winter nights. Nevada and California have by far the longest diagonal line as a state boundary at just over 400 miles; this line begins in Lake Tahoe nearly