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Searchlight in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort

 
 
Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2013
1. Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Marker
Inscription. In 1946, Willie Martello came to Searchlight. He purchased the Wheatley Hotel, and remodeled it into a casino/restaurant. Renaming it the El Rey Club after a favored beer, Martello proceeded to change Searchlight history.

Martello's new club offered gourmet meals, casino table fames and slot machines, live nightly entertainment, and dancing. Martello added new amenities as possible, including the first in-ground pool in Searchlight. He also had an airstrip built just south of town, and sponsored junket flights from California to bring in customers.

Martello's club burned in 1962. With outside funding, Martello rebuilt the El Rey Resort, but passed away in 1968. During his time in Searchlight, the El Rey Resort was the place to stop, relax, have a meal, and enjoy the entertainment. He provided significant support for the small community during his time here, and helped Searchlight to continue to be "the camp that didn't fail."
 
Erected 2012 by Queho Posse Chapter #1919 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 35° 27.8′ N, 114° 55.149′ W. Marker is in Searchlight, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on U.S. 95
Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2013
2. Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Marker
, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 US-95, Searchlight NV 89046, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Searchlight (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Zulu Echo Six (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Searchlight (approx. mile away); Cal-Nev-Ari (approx. 11.4 miles away).
 
Categories. EntertainmentSettlements & Settlers
 
North bound US 95, Searchlight, Nevada image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 3, 2013
3. North bound US 95, Searchlight, Nevada
Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Marker is at far right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2013, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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