On January 30, 1905, near this site, workers drove the last spike that completed the railroad between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California. This was the last “transcontinental” line to southern California and one of the last lines built to the Pacific Coast. Although there was no formal celebration at the time of the last spike, those present gave some recognition to the event.
Las Vegas owes its existence to the railroad, then known as the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Because the valley had a good supply of water, the railroad company platted the Las Vegas town site and established a division point there.
STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 195
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD CO.
It reads: Founded in 1904 as Goodsprings Junction, a station on the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad, Jean received its current name in 1905 when the post office was opened. It was named in honor of Jean Fayle, the wife of George Fayle who had built a mercantile business and had the post office in his store.
The town enjoyed some growth with the building of the Yellow Pine Mining Company Railroad from Goodsprings to connect with the railroad here in 1911. By the time the Yellow Pine railroad was torn up in 1930, Jean was a stop for travelers on Highway 91 (today's I - 15).
Peter A. "Pop" Simon created a new motel-store-gas station-casino complex here called Pop's Oasis in 1947. It was a favorite stop for many and lasted until 1988. In 1987, the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall opened, and continues to serve the traveling public.
Dedicated this 25th day of April, 2010
By the Queho Posse Chapter 1919 of E Clampus Vitus,
In conjunction with the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hal
Ride the Roller Coaster at Buffalo Bills. The first drop is worth the price of admission. I hadn't been on this roller coaster for a few years, and I just rode it a couple of months ago. I think it is faster now than what i remembered. This thing is crazy... at many points on the ride it feels like the cars are going to fly right off of the tracks. I wouldn't sit in the back because it is even worse in the back because you are getting whipped around.
the cool part about this is that there isn't really a line... so you can just walk up and get on (at least the few times i've done it) so it makes for a fun pit stop while you're driving to vegas.
They have put some outlet malls there as well you so you can do some shopping there to. But be careful, i left a bag with a new shirt in it, sitting in a store for 2 mins and someone ran off with it. I was bummed. Not sure how indicative that is of the area, but I wouldn't leave anything like that again.
Another tip: Don't pick up hitch hikers... there is prison nearby.
If you are a flyer you will need to know that the airport of Jean is located here.
35-46-05.780N / 115-19-46.696W
35-46.09633N / 115-19.77827W
35.7682722 / -115.3296378 (estimated)
2832 ft. / 863.2 m (surveyed)
1 mile S of JEAN, NV
The Southern Nevada Correctional Center, the department’s fourth major correctional institution, opened in January 1978. The institution was originally planned to house younger offenders in a program oriented, non-traditional correctional environment. The Correctional Center has seven, 50 cell medium security housing units, which provide very marginal security by contemporary correctional standards. Each cell was doubled bunked so the general population Units 1 through 4 each house 100 inmates. Unit 5 houses 50 medical extended care inmates as well as 25 inmates in administrative and disciplinary segregation. Unit 6 is also a medium custody, general population unit, but it also houses older inmates with physical limitations - the unit has 6 ADA cells - and inmates who work at responsible institutional assignments. Unit 7 is the mental health unit for both prisons in southern Nevada.
The institution has an administration building which includes the visiting and operations areas, two education buildings, a kitchen and dining room, a laundry, maintenance shops, and an automotive service shop.
The Southern Nevada Correctional Center closed its doors in September 2000 when the High Desert State Prison opened.
The Jean Conservation Camp is immediately adjacent to the institution and remains open as a women’s facility when the institution closes. The camp was constructed from modular housing units originally used on the Alaskan pipeline construction project. These units have been replaced by a new 240 bed camp almost identical to the Stewart Conservation Camp.
Favorite thing: The Gold Strike and Nevada Landing compete for passing motorists by flashing $1.35 breakfasts, $2.25 chicken dinners and $3.95 prime ribs - usually each available 24 hours per day.