Jackpot, Nevada

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Jackpot, Nevada
census-designated place
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada viewed from a hill to the west
Jackpot, Nevada is located in Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Jackpot, Nevada
Location in the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972Coordinates: 41°58′52.58″N 114°39′54.35″W / 41.9812722°N 114.6650972°W / 41.9812722; -114.6650972
Country United States
State Nevada
County Elko
Founded 1954
Elevation 5,213 ft (1,589 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,195
Time zone Legally PST, but observes MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) Legally PDT, but observes MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP Code 89825
Area code(s) +1 775

Jackpot is a census-designated place in Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 1,195 as of the 2010 census.[1] Located less than 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Idaho border on U.S. Route 93, Jackpot has been a popular casino gaming destination for residents of Idaho and other neighboring states since its founding.

Jackpot is located approximately 45 mi (72 km) south of Twin Falls, Idaho, a city of approximately 40,000. Although officially part of the Elko micropolitan area, Jackpot is often considered part of the Greater Twin Falls region.[2]

In addition to its casino industry, Jackpot has its own schools,[3] golf course,[4] and post office.[5]

Jackpot, along with the rest of Nevada except for the city of West Wendover, is legally in the Pacific Time Zone,[6] but, along with other Idaho border towns such as Jarbidge, Mountain City and Owyhee, unofficially observes Mountain Time,[7][8] due to its economic ties with the Magic Valley region of southern Idaho. The Nevada Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration recognize this local unofficial observance.[9][10]

History[edit]

After Idaho outlawed all forms of casino gaming in 1954, "Cactus Pete" Piersanti and Don French moved their slot machine operations from Idaho to the Jackpot townsite. Piersanti's and French's gaming establishments were named Cactus Pete's and the Horseshu Club respectively. Piersanti in particular is credited for founding Jackpot.[11]

In May 1958, the settlement was first recognized by the Elko County commissioners as an unincorporated town named Horse Shu, with a population of 65, despite a protest over the name by Cactus Pete's.[12] Because the club owners could not agree on a name, the county commissioners renamed it a month later as Unincorporated Town No. 1.[13] The clubs compromised on the name "Jackpot" in 1959.[14] Jackpot has been noted for its colorful place name.[15]

By 1960, the population had reached 400, but most residents were living in trailers because banks would not approve building loans, being unsure of the town's long-term prospects.[16]

Cactus Pete's management took over the Horseshu in 1964 to form what would eventually become Ameristar Casinos.[17] The Ameristar-owned Cactus Pete's and Horseshu, as well as the independent Barton's Club 93 and the Four Jacks Casino, form the basis of the town's economy to this day.

Geography[edit]

Jackpot is located near Salmon Falls Creek and north of Middle Stack Mountain in the Granite Range of northeast Nevada. Jackpot is located about 50 mi (80 km) east of the unincorporated town of Jarbidge, Nevada and the Jarbidge Wilderness.

Demographics[edit]

The 2010 United States Census[1] reported that Jackpot had a population of 1,195. The racial makeup of Jackpot was 61% White (41% Non-Hispanic White),[18] 1% African American, 32% from other races, and 4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 56%.

There were 451 households, out of which 33% had children under the age of 18 living in them. The average household size was 2.65. There were 266 families (59% of all households); the average family size was 3.60.

The population was spread out with 31% under the age of 18 and 9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.2 years.

There were 622 housing units, of which 28% were vacant. Of the occupied units, 36% were owner-occupied and 65% were rented.

The median household income was $39,926, with 15% of the population living below the federal poverty line.

Attractions[edit]

Jackpot has five main hotels and motels with casinos:

In 2005, Triad Resorts announced plans to build the Spanish Bit Resort and Casino, a resort casino with indoor waterpark and event center located on 113 acres (0.46 km2) south of Jackpot.[19] The project was delayed when the county mistakenly rezoned the land for the project.[20] It is currently on schedule to be built starting in late 2010 or early 2011 after zoning and other concerns were addressed by developers and Elko County officials.

Climate[edit]

Jackpot, Nevada experiences a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters. Even with its relatively cool average temperature, Jackpot receives barely enough precipitation to avoid being classified as a desert climate. Due to Jackpot's high elevation and aridity, temperatures drop sharply after sunset. Summer nights are comfortably cool, even chilly. Winter highs are generally above freezing, and winter nights are bitterly cold, with temperatures often dropping to zero or below.

Climate data for Jackpot, Nevada.
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 61
(16)
68
(20)
78
(26)
87
(31)
93
(34)
96
(36)
105
(41)
101
(38)
95
(35)
86
(30)
73
(23)
62
(17)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 37.8
(3.2)
41.4
(5.2)
49.2
(9.6)
57.1
(13.9)
66.2
(19)
76.6
(24.8)
86.8
(30.4)
85.7
(29.8)
75.9
(24.4)
62.2
(16.8)
47.4
(8.6)
37.0
(2.8)
60.3
(15.7)
Average low °F (°C) 16.2
(−8.8)
18.9
(−7.3)
25.1
(−3.8)
30.6
(−0.8)
37.1
(2.8)
44.5
(6.9)
51.0
(10.6)
46.0
(7.8)
35.6
(2)
23.2
(−4.9)
18.3
(−7.6)
14.7
(−9.6)
30.1
(−1.1)
Record low °F (°C) −32
(−36)
−26
(−32)
−4
(−20)
0
(−18)
13
(−11)
27
(−3)
32
(0)
25
(−4)
8
(−13)
−6
(−21)
−18
(−28)
−42
(−41)
−42
(−41)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.56
(14.2)
0.38
(9.7)
0.68
(17.3)
1.06
(26.9)
1.90
(48.3)
1.15
(29.2)
0.42
(10.7)
0.60
(15.2)
0.52
(13.2)
0.67
(17)
0.66
(16.8)
0.50
(12.7)
9.10
(231.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 6.6
(16.8)
4.1
(10.4)
2.7
(6.9)
2.3
(5.8)
0.9
(2.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.6
(1.5)
3.6
(9.1)
6.0
(15.2)
26.8
(68)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center[21]

Transportation[edit]

U.S. Route 93 bisects the town as it travels north towards Twin Falls and south towards Wells. The closest airport with commercial service is Magic Valley Regional Airport in Twin Falls. The community is also served by Jackpot Airport.

In popular culture[edit]

Jackpot was featured in a 2003 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,[22] but no actual filming took place in Jackpot.

Satview Broadband, headquartered in Reno, is the local cable television company.

Jackpot was featured in the film Roadside Prophets (1992).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  2. ^ "Twin Falls". Visitidaho.org. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Jackpot Combined School". Elko.k12.nv.us. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Jackpot Golf Club". Thegolfcourses.net. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  5. ^ "USPS Blue Mailbox and Post Office Locations". Payphone-project.com. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  6. ^ "CFR 2013 Title 49 Volume 1 Part 71 STANDARD TIME ZONE BOUNDARIES". www.gpo.gov. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Jackpot, Nevada Current Local Time and Time Zone". TimeTemperature.com. Retrieved 2014-07-03. 
  8. ^ Steve Jones. "Time Zone Exceptions and Oddities". OnTimeZone.com. Archived from the original on 2014-03-18. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Airport/Facility Directory". 
  10. ^ "Official Nevada Highway Map". Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  11. ^ Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collection - Cactus Jack's Casino 2001 Commemorative Booklet
  12. ^ "Clubs stir fuss over town name". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). AP. May 10, 1958. 
  13. ^ "Mundane name picked for gaming town". Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, UT). AP. June 8, 1958. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  14. ^ "Slots town takes name of Jackpot". Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA). AP. April 8, 1959. 
  15. ^ Symons, Mitchell (8 November 2012). The Bumper Book For The Loo: Facts and figures, stats and stories – an unputdownable treat of trivia. Transworld. pp. 270–. ISBN 978-1-4481-5271-1. 
  16. ^ "New little Reno is a homey place". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). AP. November 14, 1960. 
  17. ^ Ameristar Casinos - About Ameristar - History
  18. ^ http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0624477.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ [1] "Triad Needs Land Rezoned", Twin Falls Times News (dead link?)
  20. ^ [2] "Zoning mistake delays Jackpot casino project", Twin Falls Times News, September 22, 2007
  21. ^ "Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Information". Western Regional Climate Center. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  22. ^ "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Jackpot (2003)

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