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Jean

Jean
Photograph of the Hotel Jean along railroad tracks, Jean, (Nev.), 1915. Leonard Fayle Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.
Jean Fayle
Jean Fayle (1909-1942). Photograph of Jean Fayle, (Nev.), 1935-1950. Leonard Fayle Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.
Pops Oasis
"Pop's Oasis Motel & Casino, 1970's " by Roadsidepictures is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
The Last Spike
Railroad Workers
Photograph of men digging the railbed for the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company, 1900-1925. Ferron-Bracken Photo Collection. UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives.

Queho Posse Chapter 1919 E Clampus Vitus marker reads:

Founded in 1904 as Goodsprings Junction, a station on the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad, Jean received its current name in 1905 when the post office was opened. It was named in honor of Jean Fayle, the wife of George Fayle who had built a mercantile business and had the post office in his store.

The town enjoyed some growth with the building of the Yellow Pine Mining Company Railroad from Goodsprings to connect with the railroad here in 1911. By the time the Yellow Pine railroad was torn up in 1930, Jean was a stop for travelers on Highway 91 (today's I-15).

Peter A. "Pop" Simon created a new motel-store-gas station-casino complex here called Pop's Oasis in 1947. It was a favorite stop for many and lasted until 1988. In 1987, the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall opened, and continues to serve the traveling public.

Nevada Historical Marker 195 reads:

On January 30, 1905, near this site [South Las Vegas Boulevard and Ranch Road], workers drove the last spike that completed the railroad between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California. This was the last “transcontinental” line to southern California and one of the last lines built to the Pacific Coast. Although there was no formal celebration at the time of the last spike, those present gave some recognition to the event.

Las Vegas owes its existence to the railroad, then known as the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Because the valley had a good supply of water, the railroad company platted the Las Vegas town site and established a division point there.

On November 15, 1964, Bonanza Air Lines Flight 114 out of Phoenix, Arizona en route to Las Vegas, Nevada; crashed killing 26 passengers and 3 crew members. The crash was near the neighboring community of Sloan in Clark County.