“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Gardnerville in Douglas County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Sharkey's Nugget

1440 Highway 395

Sharkey's Nugget Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
1. Sharkey's Nugget Marker
Inscription. The "Corner Saloon" was constructed on this site in the late 1890's. Adjacent uses on and near this site came to include a drug store, blacksmith shop, and mortuary. C.M. Krummes operated the blacksmith shop and mortuary, and served as the first chairman of the Gardnerville town board in the early 1900's.

The building is actually several buildings joined together. The drug store was located inside to the south. The building was known as the "Golden Bubble" until its purchase by Mr. Sharkey Begovich in 1972. Mr. Begovich is an icon of the gaming industry and a large part of Nevada gaming history.

"Sharkey" owned and operated the Nugget for thirty years until its sale to the Holder Hospitality Group in 2002.

In the upper left corner of the marker is seal of the city of Gardnerville, while in the lower right hand corner is the seal of the US Forest Service.
Location. 38° 56.48′ N, 119° 44.972′ W. Marker is in Gardnerville, Nevada, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of 1440 Highway 395 and Nevada Route 756, on the right when traveling south on 1440 Highway 395. Click for map. State Route 756 is also known as Gilman Avenue in town. Marker is in this post office area: Gardnerville NV 89410, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least
Sharkey's Nugget Casino image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 25, 2009
2. Sharkey's Nugget Casino
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. East Fork Hotel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The French Hotel and Bar (within shouting distance of this marker); Adaven Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Perry's Dry Goods (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J & T Basque Restaurant Building (about 300 feet away); Gardnerville Branch Jail (about 400 feet away); Record Courier Building (about 400 feet away); Arendt Jensen Merchandise (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gardnerville.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the right of the entrance on US 395, directly below the big vertical Sharkey's Casino sign.
Regarding Sharkey's Nugget. Sharkey's Casino is a relatively small casino, with only a few gaming tables and 200 slot machines, along with the usual restaurant and bar.

Milos S. Sharkey Begovich was born in Plymouth, California on August 1, 1926, and died on August 9, 2002. He got his start in the gaming industry in Jackson, California, and later worked in, and then later operated and owned casinos in Nevada. Sharkey's Nugget was known for its prime rib dinners, Serbian Christmas celebrations, a collection of fine saddles, and its collection of Western memorabilia and kitsch.
Also see . . .
1. Gardnerville says goodbye to legendary casino owner. The Record-Dispatch's notice of Sharkey Begovich's passing, including biographical information and a history of his casino. (Submitted on August 8, 2009.) 

2. Milos "Sharkey" Begovich. The University of Nevada's Oral History Project webpage for Sharkey Begovich. Includes an interesting audio anecdote (1:31) told by Sharkey about Louis Armstrong's first visit to Harrah's Casino in Reno. (Submitted on August 8, 2009.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,684 times since then and 108 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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