Aerial view of Jean (June 2010)
|Elevation||2,841 ft (866 m)|
|Time zone||Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)|
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Jean is a small commercial town in Clark County, Nevada, located approximately 12 mi (19 km) north of the Nevada-California state line along Interstate 15. Las Vegas is located about 30 mi (48 km) to the north. There are no residents of Jean, Nevada, but many people in nearby communities like Primm and Sandy Valley have "Jean" listed as the city in their mailing address because Jean is the location of the main post office in the 89019 ZIP code. Las Vegas Boulevard South ends about 2 mi (3.2 km) south of Jean, and contiguously runs northbound past Las Vegas, ending near the I-15-US 93 Junction.
The area is mostly commercial with the exception of the post office and the courthouse, with commercial outlets such as the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall, the Jean Sport Aviation Center (used for activities like skydiving), Jean Conservation Camp (a minimum-security, all female Nevada Department of Corrections facility established in 1987) and a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) substation. The Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino was also located here but it was demolished in April 2008 and the sign was removed in 2011. The Jean Post Office is located on Las Vegas Boulevard in Jean. The Goodsprings Township Courthouse is also located in Jean.
The town was originally named Goodsprings Junction. On June 28, 1905 postmaster George Arthur Fayle renamed it Jean in honor of his wife. He also built the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings.
Pop's Oasis Casino was the first casino in Jean. The Oasis closed in 1988. Chips and tokens from Pop's Oasis were poured into the foundation of the Nevada Landing. When the Nevada Landing was leveled in May 2008 these chips and tokens, some embedded in concrete, were found by collectors.
The welcome center was moved to Primm in early 2000. The welcome center was converted to an NHP substation in 2004.
The median between the Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino and the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall was the scene of the worst single-vehicle accident in southern Nevada history at that time, when a van with 13 people flipped over and eight people were killed. The accident occurred in March 2000.
The Nevada Landing Casino closed in March 2007. The Gold Strike remains active.
Jean is located on a mountain pass, Jean Pass (south), west of the Jean Dry Lake basin. Sheep Mountain borders Jean to the east, southeast of Jean Dry Lake. Northwest of the pass lies the southeast foothills of the Bird Spring Range.
Jean appears in the 2010 game, Fallout: New Vegas. A highway sign specifying the distances to both Jean and Los Angeles appears in the movie Swingers (1996) as the protagonists stop on the side of the highway on their way from Las Vegas to L.A.