Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Originally built in 1942 by service station owner C.A. Morehouse, the home was one of the largest in Las Vegas with three bedrooms, several baths, a large basement, guesthouse and swimming pool. In 1946 the home was sold and converted into a "dude ranch" where those seeking a quickie divorce could establish their six-week residency requirements. Benny Binion, a boisterous Texas gambler with a great love for quarter horses, purchased the home in 1947. He and his wife, Teddy Jane, raised their family and kept horses here, close to Binion's Horseshoe Club located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The house is unique in Las Vegas for it rustic "Old West" ranch style incorporating native stone and log construction and sweeping veranda.
Famous Las Vegas traditions started by Binion included the World Series of Poker and $3.95 premium steak dinners – supplied by beef from Binion's Montana ranch. Binion supported the community by providing funds for the local high school team to travel to Reno to compete in a statewide football tournament, and donating the prize money for the first cutting horse contest at the Helldorado Rodeo.
Benny Binion (pictured left, center) died in 1989. Family members are still active
Location. 36° 10.636′ N, 115° 10.19′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of West Bonanza Road and North Tonopah Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Bonanza Road. Click for map. Marker is on the northeast corner behind the traffic light. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kim Produce Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moulin Rouge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Twin Lakes Lodge (approx. one mile away); Padre Francisco GarcÚs (approx. one mile away); Lorenzi Park (approx. one mile away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. one mile away); St. James the Apostle (approx. one mile away); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
More about this marker. This site is Stop #3 on the Pioneer Trail Route. Noted on marker: The Pioneer Trail celebrates the early history of Las Vegas, offering a glimpse of the people and places that made Las Vegas thrive.
Related markers. Click list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
Also see . . . Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.)
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