Whiskey Pete's

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Whiskey Pete's
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Location Primm, Nevada, U.S.
Address 100 Primm Boulevard
Opening date1977; 44 years ago (1977)
ThemeOld West
No. of rooms777
Total gaming space34,800 sq ft (3,230 m2)
Notable restaurantsIHOP (formerly Mega Café)
OwnerAffinity Gaming
Renovated in1983, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2016

Whiskey Pete's is a hotel and casino in Primm, Nevada, United States. The hotel has newly renovated 777 rooms and suites, a large swimming pool, gift shop and four restaurants. Whiskey Pete's is one of the Primm Valley Resorts, owned and operated by Affinity Gaming. The casino covers 34,800 sq ft (3,230 m2) and includes a race and sports book.[1]


Whiskey Pete's logo (1977–2007)

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]

Terrible's Primm Valley Casino Resorts logo (2007–2011)

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.[2]

I-15 and Whiskey Pete's

Whiskey Pete's was opened in 1977 by Ernest Jay Primm as the first of the casinos[3] 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.[4]

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

Bonnie and 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[5] and Terrible's Gold Ranch Casino in Verdi[6] before returning to Whiskey Pete's in July 2011.

Alexander Harris Case[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.[7]


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.[8] 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]. However the tram has not run as early as 2016 for an unknown reason.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Listing of Financial Statements Square Footage". Nevada Gaming Control Board. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. ^ Weird Las Vegas and Nevada. Sterling Publishing. 2007. ISBN 9781402739408. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Benston, Liz (July 2, 2009). "Primm's lure: Freebies". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 2, 2009.
  4. ^ "Las Vegas Hotels / Casinos: By Name". University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Archived from the original on September 1, 2006. Retrieved April 11, 2007.
  5. ^ "Bonnie and Clyde's Death Car." Archived June 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Roadside America.com. Retrieved June 10, 2009.
  6. ^ "Bonnie and Clyde's Death Car." Archived April 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Roadside America.com. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Puit, Glenn (May 26, 1997). "Child slain in Primm". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "Primadonna Shuttle System Retrofit" (PDF). Schwager-Davis. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2012. 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