Donna's Ranch

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Donna's Ranch
Donna's Ranch in 2007
Donna's Ranch in 2007
Donna's Ranch is located in Nevada
Donna's Ranch
Donna's Ranch
Location in Nevada
Former namesThe Calico Club
Donna's Calico Club
Chardon's Club
Address8th Street
LocationWells, Nevada
Coordinates41°06′38″N 114°57′34″W / 41.11056°N 114.95944°W / 41.11056; -114.95944Coordinates: 41°06′38″N 114°57′34″W / 41.11056°N 114.95944°W / 41.11056; -114.95944
OwnerGeoff Arnold

Donna's Ranch is a legal, licensed brothel located in Nevada, United States. Donna's Ranch is situated in Wells, in Elko County, on 8th Street. The ranch traces its history back to 1867[1][2] and is owned by Geoff Arnold.[3] The boxer Jack Dempsey was a previous owner.[2]


The ranch was originally established near the railroad to serve the men constructing the nearby railroad.[4] Wells was a major cattle pick-up point on the Central Pacific Railway, cowboys who had driven the cattle to the railroad celebrated in the ranch.[4] Local ranchers would give a few cattle to Donna's for credit against future visits.[4]

During the Great Depression, the ranch donated food and money to the people of Wells.[4]

It has undergone several name changes and has been previously known as The Calico Club, Donna's Calico Club, and Chardon's Club.

Arnold purchased the ranch from Evelyn and Ken Merrill in 1999 for $1,000,000.[1][3]

On February 21, 2008, the ranch survived a 6.0 earthquake, however the interior of the building was trashed.[5] The building was also extensively damaged in a flood on February 7, 2017.[6]

They operated two locations, however the one in Battle Mountain, Nevada in Lander County, closed in 2011. It was subsequently re-opened by new owners under its previous name[7] of The Calico Club.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Welcome to the Official Web Site of Famous and Historic Donna's Ranch!". Donna's Ranch. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  2. ^ a b Tutty, Dr. Daniel Joseph (2006). Six Thousand Truckers Can't Be Wrong. ISBN 978-0-595-37685-8. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Powers, Ashley (2008-11-04). "In this economy, even sex doesn't sell". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  4. ^ a b c d Tutty, Daniel Joseph (2006). Six thousand truckers can't be wrong. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse. pp. 23–24. ISBN 978-0595376858.
  5. ^ McMurdo, Doug (2008-02-21). "Strong quake strikes Nevada's gold country". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  6. ^ "Donna's Ranch Flood Damage". Go Fund Me. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Legal Brothel For Sale By Owner". Company Ladies. 16 April 2004. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Welcome to The Calico Club!". The Calico Club!. Retrieved 28 January 2018.

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