“Wrecking Crew Destroys Iconic Casino just South of Las Vegas”

Posted on: January 10, 2024, 11:50h. 

Last updated on: January 10, 2024, 11:50h.

The iconic Gold Strike Casino, a famous landmark for travelers heading to California from the state of Nevada, is currently undergoing demolition. This is to pave the way for the establishment of an industrial park in its place.

The Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall in Jean, Nev. — rebranded as Terrible’s Hotel & Casino in 2018 — is being torn down and replaced with an industrial park. (Image: Ken Lund/historicvegasproject.com)
The former Gold Strike gets struck this week. (Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Developed in December 1987 by Dave Belding, Mike Ensign, and William Richardson, the Gold Strike operated successfully as a 12-story resort offering 811 hotel rooms, multiple restaurants, and 40,000 square feet of gaming space. Its strategic location just 30 miles away from the Las Vegas Strip led to its popularity among guests, especially day-trip bus tours from Los Angeles and late-night truckers.

Owned by MGM Resorts and later acquired by the Herbst family in 2015, the property was renamed ‘Terrible’s’. However, the casino was closed during the pandemic and never reopened.

In 2022, Tolles Development acquired the property for $44.7 million with plans to develop a 2.84 million square-foot industrial park. Once completed, the industrial park will span across both the Gold Strike and Nevada Landing sites.

A rendering shows the industrial park planned for the former Gold Strike site on the left, and the former Nevada Landing site on the right. (Tolles Development)

The closure of the Gold Strike signifies the end of an era for the gambling establishment. The fate of the two 12-foot gold prospector statues that adorned the property’s parking lot since 1998 is still undecided, with future plans to donate them to a historical society.

Developers say the twin 12-foot gold prospector statues gracing the site since 1998 will be donated to an historical society. (Image: weirdnv.com)

Fate of the Giant Miners

After Boulder City’s Gold Strike burned down in 1998, the two 12-foot gold prospector statues were relocated to the parking lot of the Jean, Nev. Gold Strike for preservation. Plans to donate them to a historical society, specifically the Goodsprings, Nev. Historical Society, are currently in consideration.

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