Whiskey Pete's

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Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino
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Address 100 Primm Boulevard
Primm, Nevada, U.S. 89019
Opening date 1977
Theme 1800's Mining Town
No. of rooms 777
Total gaming space 36,400 sq ft (3,380 m2)
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Affinity Gaming
Years renovated 1983, 1997, 2003, 2004
Website Official website
I-15 and Whiskey Pete's casino

Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino is a hotel and casino located in Primm, Nevada, United States. The hotel has 777 rooms and suites, a large swimming pool, gift shop, and four restaurants. The hotel and casino are owned by Primm Valley Resorts. The casino covers approximately 36,400 sq ft (3,380 m2) and includes a race and sports book.

History[edit]

Logo used from 1977 to 2007 prior to the acquisition by Herbst Gaming. Currently used as a secondary logo.

The area originally was owned by a gas station owner named Pete MacIntyre. Pete is believed to have had a difficult time making ends meet selling gas and had resorted to bootlegging. Primm history remembers him as "Whiskey Pete."[citation needed]

When Whiskey Pete died in 1933, legend has it that he wanted to be buried standing up with a bottle of bootleg in his hands so he could watch over the area. Whiskey Pete's unmarked grave was accidentally exhumed while workers were building a connecting bridge from Whiskey Pete's to Buffalo Bill's (on the other side of I-15). The body was moved and is now said to be buried in one of the caves where Pete cooked up his moonshine.[1]

Whiskey Pete's was opened in 1977 by Ernest Jay Primm as the first of the casinos[2] to be located at what was then called State Line.

In 1983, a new hotel tower was constructed as part of an expansion of the property.[3]

In late 1998, Whiskey Pete's offered the roof of the parking garage as a Valley Hospital Flight For Life Base.[citation needed]

Bonnie & Clyde's death car[edit]

Whiskey Pete's lobby displays the car in which Bonnie and Clyde were killed. The car was displayed at Whiskey Pete's for several years into the 1990s, but briefly moved to Primm Valley Resort, then to Terrible's Gold Ranch Casino in Verdi, Nevada, before returning to Whiskey Pete's in July, 2011.

Murder of Alexander Harris[edit]

Alexander Harris, a seven-year-old child from Mountain View, California was reported missing from the video arcade of Whiskey Pete's in November 1987. A body was discovered one month later off the property. Howard Lee Haupt, of San Diego, was later arrested on suspicion, but was acquitted of all charges in 1989.[4]

Transportation[edit]

Free shuttle buses operate between Whiskey Pete's and the resorts other hotels, Primm Valley Resort and Buffalo Bill's.

Whiskey Pete's is connected to Primm Valley Resort by a free single-car monorail across Interstate 15. The tram was constructed by Schwager-Davis using the UniTrak technology and was retrofitted in 1996.[5] The tram travels at 15 mph and can transport 1,200 people, per hour, per direction (pphpd). Doors on either side allow passengers to enter and exit the tram at the same time, thus reducing the dwell time from 2 minutes to 1 minute. Trams arrive every 3 to 5 minutes[citation needed].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weird Las Vegas and Nevada". Retrieved 2012-01-05. 
  2. ^ Benston, Liz (July 2, 2009). "Primm’s lure: Freebies". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Las Vegas Hotels / Casinos: By Name". Retrieved 2007-04-11. 
  4. ^ Puit, Glenn (May 26, 1997). "Child slain in Primm". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Primadonna Shuttle System Retrofit". Schwager-Davis. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 35°36′41″N 115°23′33″W / 35.611526°N 115.392385°W / 35.611526; -115.392385