Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort

Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort (HM1BDN)

Location: Searchlight, NV 89046 Clark County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 27.8', W 114° 55.149'

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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."
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2012
Placed ByQueho Posse Chapter #1919 E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 4:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 688818 N 3926416
Decimal Degrees35.46333333, -114.91915000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 27.8', W 114° 55.149'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 27' 48.00" N, 114° 55' 8.94" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 105 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Searchlight NV 89046, US
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