Have you seen the monument at Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino? With the new exterior paint job as the focus of the eye it is easy to miss. If you have missed it, the monument is located in a parking lot on the south side of the building new the entrance off US 95. If you have not seen it there is a plaque on the monument that reads as follows:
“Named for a 1890s railroad which was never built, Railroad Pass first became a destination after Professor Robert T. Hill discovered alunite in the area in 1908. A mining district was formed, but only small amounts of gold were found. Mines in the area included the Alunite, Bean Pot, Lucky Dutchman, Quo Vadis, Spearhead, and Vincent. The short-lived mining boom ended by 1910.
With the advent of the Great Depression, tent cities sprang up in the pass with names like Texas Acres and Oklahoma City. The Railroad Pass school district was organized in 1932, with a one room school just above this site, which operated until absorbed into the Henderson School District in 1942. The patented Alunite Mine site was acquired because of its proximity to the Boulder Canyon project. A bar and casino was built, which opened in 1931. This casino, originally known as Railroad Pass Club, holds gaming license #4 issued by the State of Nevada, and is the oldest continually operating casino in the state.
DEDICATED THIS 20TH DAY OF JUNE, 2009
BY THE QUEHO POSSE CHAPTER 1919
E CLAMPUS VITUS
IN COOPERATION WITH THE RAILROAD PASS CASINO”
Next time you go to Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino to gamble, have drinks with friends or eat at one of three great restaurants be sure to take a minute and visit the monument. Also, Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino is known for its colorful history and the Queho Posse Chapter 1919 E Clampus Vitus organization that participated in the dedication adds to the history.