Railroad Pass Casino In Nevada Still Defying The Odds
These are trying times for casinos in Nevada. The economic recession has caused panic among some of the oldest and most reputable casinos in Nevada. The past several years have been mostly about survival for the gaming facilities that once ruled the land.
When the calendar turned to August this past Monday, the Railroad showed why it is still one of the must-see destinations in the gaming capital of the US. The Railroad turned eighty years old earlier this week, as the facility opened its doors for the first time on August 1st, 1931. The casino has become legendary if not only for its commitment to the past.
"I think there are other casinos that are hugely important, but I don't know of any other ones where you can walk into and get the sense of early days," Historian Mark Hall-Patton told The Associated Press. Another thing that has kept the casino in business is their ability to adapt.
When the facility was first opened, there was no air conditioning. The drinks flowed at what was then known as the Railroad Pass Club, but they were also illegal. The casino opened during the Prohibition Era, and customers could only get inside if they knew the secret password.
As the years went on, the laws in the country started to change. Alcohol became as popular as gambling, and air conditioned establishments became the norm. The Railroad, despite all of the changes, has kept their theme geared towards the old days, and that has customers constantly checking in to see what the Nevada gaming industry looked like back in the day.
The throwback casino look is one that is catching on across the US. In New Jersey, Resorts, another landmark casino in the US, has recently been renovated with a Prohibition Era theme. When Dennis Gomes took over the financially struggling casino, he insisted on changing its image.
The Railroad has needed no transformation. It has survived Mother Nature, the economy, several different owners, and an ever-changing gaming industry. For that alone, the Railroad should be commended for its longevity and ability to roll with the tide.
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