Harveys Lake Tahoe

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Harveys Lake Tahoe
Harveys Logo.jpg
Harveys Lake Tahoe.jpg
Address US Highway 50
Stateline, Nevada 89449
Opening date 1944
Number of rooms 740
Total gaming space 87,500 sq ft (8,130 m2)
Notable restaurants Sage Room Steak House
Hard Rock Cafe
Casino type Land
Owner Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Previous names Wagon Wheel Saloon & Gaming Hall
Harveys Wagon Wheel
Renovated in 1963, 11-story tower
1986, 19-story tower
Website Harveys Lake Tahoe

Harveys Lake Tahoe is a resort located in Stateline, Nevada. The hotel has 740 rooms and suites, as well as six restaurants, and a casino with 87,500 square feet (8,130 m2) of space. The hotel also has a wedding chapel, pool, convention center, and a full-service health club. It is owned by Caesars Entertainment, formerly Harrah's Entertainment.

History[edit]

Harvey's was originally 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 1963.[1]

Old Harvey's & Harvey's Inn logos
Harvey's Resort Hotel in the late 1960s. Across the street, Harrah's only has a casino and no hotel yet; its hotel was built in the early 1970s.

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 area around the hotel had been cleared, and no one was injured.) The bomb was placed by John Birges, a heavily in-debt Fresno landscaper who had lost at least $1 million at casinos in Stateline and was hoping to extort another $3 million from the bomb threat. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, where he died from liver cancer in 1996.[2]

In 1983, Harvey Gross died at the age of 78; however, the company continued to operate under family management. In 1985, Harveys sold Harvey's Inn, northeast of Stateline, which reopened as the Lakeside Inn. The 18-story, $74 million, glass "Lake Tower" opened in 1986,[3] 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 in 1978 as the MGM Grand Reno, now the Grand Sierra Resort. Harveys announced an agreement on a $70 million deal, only to see Hilton up the ante to $73 million and assumption of Bally's debt. Several weeks later, after considering even higher bids, a federal bankruptcy court settled the matter by approving Hilton’s final $83 million offer.

After going public on Feb. 15, 1994, Harveys began new projects including a joint venture with Hard Rock America for an $80 million casino in Las Vegas, which it later sold its interest in 1997, and then a casino resort in Central City, Colorado. A riverboat casino-convention center in Council Bluffs, Iowa followed in early 1996.

In 1999, Colony Capital LLC 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.

References and external links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harvey's hotel now open to the public," Lake Tahoe News, April 5, 1963
  2. ^ "John Birges, Sr.," The Associated Press, September 6, 1996
  3. ^ "Celebration set for new tower," Tahoe Daily Tribune, June 26, 1986

Coordinates: 38°57′39″N 119°56′34″W / 38.960831°N 119.942733°W / 38.960831; -119.942733