Queho Posse Chapter 1919 E Clampus Vitus marker reads:
Named for an 1890s railroad which was never built, Railroad Pass first became a destination after Professor Robert T Hill discovered alunite in the area in 1908. A mining district was formed, but only small amounts of gold were found. Mines in the area included the Alunite, Bean Pot, Lucky Dutchman, Quo Vadis, Spearhead and Vincent. The short lived mining boom ended by 1910. With the advent of the Great depression, tent cities sprang up in the pass with names like Texas Acres and Oklahoma City. The Railroad Pass school district was organized in 1932, with a one room school just above this site, which operated until absorbed into the Henderson School District in 1942. The patented Alunite Mine site was acquired because of its proximity to the Boulder Canyon project. A bar and casino was built, which opened in 1931. This casino, originally known as Railroad Pass Club, holds gaming license #4 issued by the State of Nevada, and is the oldest continually operating casino in the state.
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department marker reads:
When the Bureau of Reclamation built Boulder City, it declared this federal town would be free of gambling, liquor, and prostitution. But the government didn’t control the 20-acre parcel of land outside the government boundary. On this parcel, less than a mile outside the federal lands, Los Angeles entrepreneur P.J. Warren built a casino at the crossroads of the dam site, Las Vegas, and the rich mining districts along the Colorado River.
Built in 1931, the Railroad Pass Casino was a popular destination for residents and travelers. Even before the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, bootleg liquor was served while gamblers played roulette, craps, and blackjack. The casino was also famous for its live music and dancing.
The casino played a vital role in the developing community. The owners helped raise money for a much-needed school for children, and cashed dam workers’ paychecks or secured their money in a safe. The business has continued to flourish and today, Railroad Pass Casino and Hotel prides itself as being the longest continuously operating gaming establishment in Southern Nevada.
Opened on August 1, 1931. Construction on the current structure begins in 1969.
Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino associated with: Kirk Kerkorian (1991), J. Terrence Lanni (2000), Burton Cohen (1995), Mel Wolzinger (2017).
Oldest casino in the state of Nevada.
Holds Nevada State Gaming License No. 4.
Located at 1500 Railroad Pass Casino Road, Henderson, Nevada.
Denotes American Gaming Association Hall of Fame year of induction.