Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Stateline)
Hard Rock Lake Tahoe is a hotel and casino located in Stateline, Nevada. Known as Sahara Tahoe and High Sierra resorts, it is one of four major casino hotels in Stateline. Horizon Lake Tahoe closed on April 1, 2014, to begin a $60 million renovation and rebranding as Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, which held its grand opening on January 28, 2015; the property opened as Sahara Tahoe in 1965. Elvis Presley performed here from 1971 to 1976 and his suite was available for guests to book. In 1983, the hotel was given a Western theme and re-branded High Sierra Hotel and in 1985 hosted the companies who defined the High Sierra Format, the basis for how computers access CD-ROMs today. In 1990, it was sold to Columbia Sussex. Columbia Sussex was in a contract dispute with Park Cattle Company, the landowners of Horizon and MontBleu, which Columbia Sussex acquired from Harrah's Entertainment in 2005. On May 5, 2009 Tropicana Entertainment announced that it had assigned the lease and management of Horizon to Lake Tahoe Realty I, LLC. an affiliate of Columbia Sussex, under the terms for the assignment of the Horizon lease stipulate continuous operation of nonrestricted gaming at Horizon.
In March 2014, it was announced that the Lake Tahoe Realty's lease to operate the hotel/casino had expired on March 31, 2014 and was not renewed. The Park Companies took over the property under an LLC known as "NevaOne" and closed the property on April 1, 2014 to begin an intense $40 million top-to-bottom makeover. NevaOne has contracted with Las Vegas-based Warner Hospitality to operate the casino, they have built and run hotel/casinos across the country. In July 2014, the Park family announced that the former Horizon will be rebranded as Hard Rock, to open on January 28, 2015, after extensive renovations. Paragon Gaming acquired a majority stake in the property in 2016. Hard Rock and MontBleu appeared as the Nomad Hotel in the 2007 film Smokin' Aces Official website
Nevada State Route 373
State Route 373 is a 16.304-mile state highway in Nye County, United States. It is a highway connecting California State Route 127 to U. S. Route 95, providing southern Nye County access to the eastern areas of Death Valley National Park. State Route 373 begins at the California state line 8 miles north of the town of Death Valley Junction, California on California SR 127; the highway heads due north from this location, passing through the Amargosa Valley. On the west side of the highway, the farm lands and homes of the community of Amargosa Valley come into view; the route continues north from here near the former site of Lathrop Wells. An unimproved road through Amargosa Valley, connecting Nevada to Death Valley Junction, appears on state maps as early as 1927; this route crossed the state line where the current highway crosses now, but instead veered northwest to State Route 5 southwest of Beatty near the now defunct town of Caracca. The road, which paralleled the tracks of the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad to the west, was recognized as State Route 29 by 1932.
By 1935, SR 29 had been moved to a new, paved roadway resembling the alignment of the present-day highway. SR 29 remained unchanged for several years, until July 1, 1976. At that time, it was rechristened as State Route 373 as part of the 1976 renumbering of Nevada's state highways. State highway maps first reflected this change in 1978; the entire route is in Nye County
Harveys Lake Tahoe
Harveys Lake Tahoe is a hotel and casino located in Stateline, Nevada. It has 740 rooms and suites as well as six restaurants and a casino with 87,500 square feet of space, it has a video arcade, wedding chapel, convention center and a full-service health club. It is operated by Caesars Entertainment. Harvey's was opened in 1944 and operated by Sacramento meat wholesaler Harvey Gross and his wife Llewellyn, they opened the first high rise tower and an 11-story, 197-room hotel in Nevada just across the state line from Lake Tahoe, California in 1963. The hotel suffered an explosion from a 1,000-pound bomb on August 27, 1980, that left a crater three stories deep when it was detonated by the FBI; the bomb was placed by John Birges, a in-debt Fresno landscaper who had lost at least $1 million at casinos in Stateline and was hoping to extort $3 million from the bomb threat. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, where he died from liver cancer in 1996. In 1983, Harvey Gross died at the age of 78.
In 1985, Harveys sold northeast of Stateline, which reopened as the Lakeside Inn. The 18-story, $74 million, glass "Lake Tower" opened in 1986, the same year the trademark "Wagon Wheel" was replaced on the 11-story tower with the current Harveys brand. In early 1992, Harveys entered a bidding war with Hilton Hotels Corporation over the right to buy Bally’s Reno, which opened on May 3, 1978, as MGM Grand Reno. Harveys announced an agreement on a $71 million deal, only to see Hilton up the ante to $73 million and assumption of Bally's debt. Several weeks after considering higher bids, a federal bankruptcy court settled the matter by approving Hilton’s final $83 million offer. After going public on February 15, 1994, Harveys began new projects including a joint venture with Hard Rock America for an $80 million casino in Las Vegas, which it sold its interest in 1997 and a casino resort in Central City, Colorado. A riverboat casino-convention center in Council Bluffs, Iowa followed in early 1996.
In the late'90s, Bill Cosby was signed on as the spokesman for Harveys. This include putting the actor on several of the casino chips and recording several specials at the casino. In 1999, Colony Capital bought a controlling interest in Harveys Casino Resorts. Harveys announced on April 24, 2001, that it would be acquired by Harrah's Entertainment for $625 million. In October 2017, ownership of the property was transferred to Vici Properties as part of a corporate spin-off, it was leased back to Caesars Entertainment. List of Caesars Entertainment properties List of casinos in Nevada Ferchland, William. "Harvey's bombing changed casinos forever". Tahoe Daily Tribune. "25th anniversary of Harveys bombing". Reno Gazette-Journal. August 2005. Official website Media related to Harveys Lake Tahoe Resort and Casino at Wikimedia Commons
Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall
Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall known as the Historic Hotel Nevada and Gambling Hall, is a hotel and casino located at 501 Aultman Street in Ely, Nevada. The Hotel Nevada was built at a cost of $400,000, was opened on July 7, 1929, with 100 hotel rooms. At six stories high, it was the tallest building in the state until 1931. Many celebrities and politicians have stayed at the hotel; the hotel-casino has changed ownership numerous times during its history, was closed temporarily in 1986, because of a local economic downturn. The Hotel Nevada was sold to Bert Woywood and Paul Kellogg in February 1994. After 20 years, Woywood sold his ownership stake to Gaughan Gaming in February 2014. In 1926, Earl Ray "E. R." Miller, an East Ely businessman, searching for markets for his cement product, chose to promote the construction of a large hotel in Ely. With financial backing from various local groups and citizens, the Hotel Nevada Realty Company, Incorporated was formed. Joseph "Candy Joe" Fouilleul, an officer of Hotel Nevada Realty Company, operated Joe's Candy Kitchen on the property, desired for the new hotel, at the corner of Aultman Street and Fifth Street.
Fouilleul was persuaded to move his business in exchange for a high position on the board of the new company. The H. L. Stevens & Company of San Francisco was hired to design the hotel. Plans for the six-story hotel included at least 60 rooms, a restaurant, a banquet room, a club room, a barber shop, large storage areas. A picture of the proposed hotel appeared on the front cover of Hotel World magazine in September 1927. On November 3, 1927, it was announced that organization of the new Hotel Nevada Corporation was complete, after six months. Removal of buildings on the property, as well as excavation work, was expected to begin in January 1928. Clearing of the present buildings on the property began in May 1928, with demolition expected to be completed around the end of the month and excavation expected to begin afterward. Excavation work was expected to begin in mid–June 1928, at which point the demolition of the vacated Collins hardware store was to be completed; the site of the future hotel was 100 feet by 100 feet.
The hotel's basement was expected to be 10 feet deep. Construction was to be handled by The Wheelwright Construction Company, with a contract price of $2,875,000. Excavation for the basement was completed in early July 1928. During construction four feet of cement was poured between each floor of the hotel. After the completion of the brick building's exterior on February 5, 1929, construction crews transferred their focus to the hotel's interior; the $400,000 Hotel Nevada opened on July 1929, with 100 rooms. An official grand opening ceremony was held on the night of July 15, 1929, with 167 guests in attendance from Nevada and Utah. U. S. Senator Tasker Oddie and U. S. Representative Sam Arentz were the guest speakers at the event; the six-story hotel was the tallest building in the state until 1931, when the seven-story El Cortez Hotel in Reno, Nevada was completed. The Hotel Nevada was the state's first fire-proof building; the Hotel Nevada covertly offered Bathtub gin and moonshine to its customers, as Prohibition in the United States was still in effect.
The Hotel Nevada secretly provided its guests with gambling, made illegal in Nevada in 1910. After the Great Depression began in October 1929, the hotel was forced to lease commercial space to a drug store and a bank to maintain profits and stay open; when gambling was once again legalized in Nevada in 1931, the owners renovated the casino, added slot machines and blackjack tables, with an opening planned for March 30, 1931. In February 1932, ownership was taken over by Wingfield banks when they bid $100,000 for the property, after its stockholders were unable to refinance loans amounting to $175,000; that month, the stockholders were planning to reacquire the property. In April 1932, the Hotel Nevada was purchased by a group, headed by Winfield Scott "Ole" Elliott, of Goldfield, Nevada; the building was owned by the Henderson Bank Mortgage Company of Elko, the Tonopah Banking Corporation, the Carson Valley Bank, the Bank of Nevada Savings & Trust Company. Elliott acted as the hotel's manager on behalf of the banks.
Elliott subsequently partnered with Bert Riddick when they purchased the hotel from the banks for $80,000 in April 1936, with Elliott remaining as the hotel's manager. Elliott owned Ely's Northern Hotel, the city's leading hotel until the opening of Hotel Nevada. In October 1938, Elliott died of a cerebral hemorrhage in his home at the Hotel Nevada, after suffering several strokes. A beauty shop operated inside the hotel in 1939. Elliott's wife, operated the hotel as co-owner with Riddick until her death in May 1941. Mae Elliot's interest in the hotel was inherited by her two sisters, disposed to Riddick when he purchased the Elliotts' interest in the hotel in February 1943, giving him sole ownership. In August 1955, Francis Everett "Bud" Simpson, a well-known local businessman, purchased Hotel Nevada for more than $500,000. At that time, Hotel Nevada had 90 rooms and was considered one of the best-known hotels in the state. Simpson planned to convert it into a casino; the Blue Cab taxi company opened in Ely with its headquarters inside the Hotel Nevada.
In May 1962, three men – Milan Milovich, Norm Goeringer, Lee Warren – applied for approval to take over the hotel's operations and ownership as part of a
Sands Regency is a hotel and casino located in Downtown Reno, Nevada. It is operated by Jacobs Entertainment; the Sands Regency opened in the casino. The hotel tower stood 15 stories and was not in the most prospective area of town at that time and in some regards to this day but it grew. By the late 1970s early 1980s a second tower and more casino space was built. By this time, the company was known as Sands Regent and the hotel's name became "Sands Regency" By the late 1980s, a third and final tower had been constructed giving the hotel a total of 800 rooms, in the new tower came a parking garage; the new tower was detached from the main two towers but at the same time connected with a link between it and the original towers. The Sands Regency is popular among locals and Cribbage players, whom they cater to in great numbers. In the mid-1990s, Tony Roma's Ribs House opened a location inside the hotel, a comedy club opened in 2000 along with an original "Mel's" diner, all gaining to the Sands' credibility.
The parent, Sands Regent, by 2006 operated three properties, all in the Reno Sparks area. Las Vegas–based Herbst Gaming, famous for its "Terrible's" trademark, began looking into the Reno market in 2005 and liked what they saw, they wanted to get into the market and saw opportunity with Sands Regent. They bid for and won the company assets, closing their deal in October 2006, renamed all of the Sands Regent properties without "changing" the names; the Sands Regency became Sands Regency, "A Terrible's Property", while the other two properties became "Terrible's" Rail City and Gold Ranch respectively. The Sands Regency began a major renovation in 2005, Herbst Gaming finished it in 2007, they renovated and expanded Rail City, which Sands Regent started. Sands Regent CEO Ferenc Szony remained on board. Many Reno locals know the Sands for its vibrant exterior color schemes. After the Herbst buyout, they painted it a softer gold with red accents to depict a skyline on the hotel towers' facade that received media attention for creativity.
Tony Roma's Rib House was closed in 2006 and replaced with Fuzio Pasta and Steaks in 2007 as part of a renovation at the Sands, in 2011 it was closed down due to lack of popularity but replaced with a casual-upscale bistro called "The Copa". Mel's remains in operation. There is Taco's Tijuana inside the hotel just opened, as well as a coffee shop with free wi-fi, the hotel has a buffet with a different selection every night. On February 1, 2013, Affinity sold the Sands Regency, along with the Gold Ranch and another casino in Dayton, for $19.2 million to Truckee Gaming, a new company led by Szony. In July 2017, Jacobs Entertainment purchased the property from Truckee Gaming for $30 million. Cladianos, Pete Jr.. My Father's Son: A Gaming Memoir of Pete Cladianos. University of Nevada Oral History Program. Official website Media related to Sands Regency at Wikimedia Commons
A resort is a self-contained commercial establishment that tries to provide most of a vacationer's wants, such as food, lodging, sports and shopping, on the premises. The term resort may be used for a hotel property that provides an array of amenities including entertainment and recreational activities. A hotel is a central feature of a resort, such as the Grand Hotel at Mackinac Island, Michigan; some resorts are condominium complexes that are timeshares or owed fractionally or wholly owned condominium. A resort is not always a commercial establishment operated by a single company, but in the late 20th century, that sort of facility became more common. In British English "resort" means a town which people visit for holidays and days out which contains hotels at which such holidaymakers stay. Examples would include Brighton. A destination resort is a resort that itself contains the necessary guest attraction capabilities so it does not need to be near a destination to attract its patrons. A commercial establishment at a resort destination such as a recreational area, a scenic or historic site, a theme park, a gaming facility, or other tourist attraction may compete with other businesses at a destination.
Another quality of a destination resort is that it offers food, lodging, sports and shopping within the facility so that guests have no need to leave the facility throughout their stay. The facilities are of higher quality than would be expected if one were to stay at a hotel or eat in a town's restaurants; some examples are Atlantis in the Bahamas. Related to resorts are convention and large meeting sites, they occur in cities, where special meeting halls, together with ample accommodations and varied dining and entertainment, are provided. An all-inclusive resort charges a fixed price that includes all items. At a minimum, most inclusive resorts include lodging, unlimited food, sports activities, entertainment for the fixed price. In recent years, the number of resorts in the United States offering "all-inclusive" amenities has decreased dramatically. In 1961, over half offered such plans. All-inclusive resorts are found in the Caribbean in Dominican Republic. Notable examples are Club Med, Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts An all-inclusive resort includes three meals daily, soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks and other services in the price.
Many offer sports and other activities included in the price as well. They are located in warmer regions; the all-inclusive model originated in the Club Med resorts, which were founded by the Belgian Gérard Blitz. Some all-inclusive resorts are designed for specific vacation interests. For example, certain resorts cater to adults, more-specialized properties accept couples only. Other all-inclusive resorts are geared toward families, with facilities like craft centers, game rooms, water parks to keep children of all ages entertained. All-inclusive resorts are very popular locations for destination weddings. A spa resort is a short l-term residential/lodging facility with the primary purpose of providing individual services for spagoers to develop healthy habits. Many such spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or sources of mineral waters. Over a seven-day stay, such facilities provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine, special interest programming.
Golf resorts are resorts that cater to the sport of golf, they include access to one or more golfcourses and/or clubhouses. Golf resorts provide golf packages that provide visitors with all greens and cart fees, range balls and meals. In North America, a ski resort is a destination resort in a ski area; the term is less to refer to a town or village. A megaresort is a type of destination resort of an exceptionally-large size, such as those along the Las Vegas Strip. In Singapore, integrated resort is a euphemism for a casino-based destination resort. A holiday village is a type of self-contained resort in Europe whose accommodation is in villas. A holiday camp, in the United Kingdom, refers to a resort whose accommodation is in chalets or static caravans. There are more than 1500 timeshare resorts in the United States that are operated by major hospitality, timeshare-specific, or independent companies, they represent 198,000 residences and nearly 9 million owners, who pay an average $880 per year in maintenance fees.
A reported 16% of the residences became vacation rentals. Baiae, Italy, a famous historic resort of the ancient world, popular over 2000 years ago. Capri, an island near Naples, has attracted visitors since Roman times. Monte Ne, near Rogers, Arkansas, a famous historic resort, active in the early 20th century. At its peak, more than 10,000 people a year visited its hotels. Two of its hotels, Missouri Row and Oklahoma Row, were the largest log buildings in the world. Monte Ne closed in the 1930s and was submerged under Beaver Lake in the 1960s. Tawawa House known as Tawawa Springs or Xenia Springs, inspired Dolen Perkins-Valdez to write her debut novel, when she read about it in an autobiography of W. E. B. Dubois; the book mentioned in passing that t
Death Valley Junction, California
Death Valley Junction is a tiny Mojave Desert unincorporated community in Inyo County, California, at the intersection of SR 190 and SR 127, in the Amargosa Valley and just east of Death Valley National Park. The zip code is 92328, the elevation is 2,041 ft, the population fewer than 4; the default format for wired phone numbers in this community is 852-xxxx. Death Valley Junction is home to the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, where resident Marta Becket staged dance and mime shows from the late 1960s until her last show in February 2012. Becket died in 2017; the hotel is still operating next to the opera house, but beyond these maintained areas, the town is in a state of disrepair. There is no gas station, only one restaurant, the Amargosa Cafe; the town is owned by the non-profit Amargosa Opera House Inc. which runs the Opera House and cafe The community's location, 27 miles east-southeast of Furnace Creek Inn, on the east side of Death Valley is south of Nevada's Amargosa Valley and near Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
East/South East, 27 miles, is Nevada. South on SR127 is the town of California; the closest straight-line distance to the Nevada state line is five miles northeast. Government documents show an effort by the Timbisha Shoshone tribal government to acquire about 7,200 acres in the area during 1999 to 2000; this includes areas for residences and the official federal sanction to use some government lands for traditional ceremonies. In 2017 the tribe constructed a cannabis grow facility on the land; the town was created in 1907 when the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad was constructed through the Amargosa Valley and a spur from their main line was built to the Lila C. borax mine in the hills to the west. The town was owned by Robert Tubb, who operated a saloon and brothel; the town first appears on the 1910 Furnace Creek Quandrangle USGS topographic map. In 1914, the Death Valley Railroad started operating between Ryan and Death Valley Junction, it carried borax until 1928. From 1923 to 1925 the Pacific Coast Borax Company constructed buildings in the town, hiring architect Alexander Hamilton McCulloch to design a Spanish Colonial Revival whistle stop centered at the hotel and office complex building, now known as the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel.
The town began to decline in the mid-20th century. However, in 1967 dancer and actress Marta Becket happened to visit due to an automobile repair, she became enamored with the theater, with help from benefactors, she leased purchased, the hotel and theater complex. The Death Valley post office opened in 1908 and transferred to Furnace Creek Ranch in 1961; the Amargosa post office opened in 1962, changed its name to Death Valley Junction in 1968. In 1980 the town was included in the National Register of Historic Places as the "Death Valley Junction Historic District." When the Death Valley Railroad was established in 1914, it used 3.19 miles of tracks belonging to the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad east-southeast of Death Valley Junction to Horton. Local wired telephones were manual telephone service until the 1980s. To reach a phone in Death Valley Junction when the area was under manual service required dialing the operator and asking for "Death Valley Junction, Toll Station". Placing an outbound call required lifting the receiver and waiting for an operator.
The operator who answered was in Los Angeles. Death Valley Junction is now in area codes 442 and 760. In the state legislature, Death Valley Junction is in the 18th Senate District, represented by Democrat Robert Hertzberg, the 26th Assembly District, represented by Republican Devon Mathis. Federally, Death Valley Junction is in California's 8th congressional district, represented by Republican Paul Cook. "Shotgun" Kitty Tubb - wife of the original owner of the town, Robert Tubb Marta Becket - retired actress, dancer and painter Harry Rosenberg - engineer, instrumental in creating useful alloys of titanium The town that Zane Grey helped build The Amargosa Opera House and Hotel Ghost Towns of Death Valley: Death Valley Junction