A Casino Owner, A Bridge and Your Tax Dollars

About 90 minutes south of Las Vegas sits a little gambling town called Laughlin Nevada. It sits right on the Colorado River and on the other side is Bullhead City, Arizona as well as easy access to the Grand Canyon and Phoenix Arizona. As well as the western ghost town of Oatman.

Up until 1987, there was no easy way to cross the mighty Colorado River from Laughlin to Bullhead City. Then, Don Laughlin, the former Minnesota Farm boy turned casino entrepreneur and founder of Laughlin Nevada, paid $3 million to have an Interstate worthy bridge built across the river right in front of His casino and the entrance to His little town. Business boomed for all the other casinos as well as His own with the new bridge.

And there sat a problem. They needed a second bridge built to handle all the new traffic as well as provide better safety access for the surrounding residents and businesses. So after about 20 years, they started to plan for the new bridge. And now they are ready to start the work needed to build the bridge. But now it has an estimated price tag of $46 Million! With an overall cost of $52 Million

The Mohave Valley Daily News (an Arizona publication) reports that the invitation to bid on building the new bridge required an agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation and that was accomplished last Friday.

Clark County District A Commissioner Michael Naft, who represents the town of Laughlin, said the proposed 724-foot bridge is important for public safety and the long-term economic growth of the area. Everyone agrees to that.

Somehow, a bridge that a private person paid to have built only cost three million dollars in 1987.  That would be $6 million dollars by today’s inflation calculator. To have the taxpayer foot the bill in 2021 to build a similar bridge will cost $46 million to build. Interesting.

Before the Don Laughlin bridge was opened, drivers had to use a ferry boat to cross the river or travel over Davis Dam to go from one community to the other — a round trip of about 12 miles.

(H/T US News)

224 Talking About Aquarius Laughlin and other Vegas Tourist Tidbits

This week’s Podcast is talking with Las Vegas Territory member,  Julie Westley, Executive Casino host for the Aquarius Casino and Resort in that wonderful little river town just 90 minutes outside of Las Vegas, Laughlin. NV.


Vegas Tourist TidBits


Interview: Julie Westley Executive Casino Host

Where: Aquarius Casino & Resort
Laughlin, NV

Laughlin Nevada was founded in 1964 by Don Laughlin, a Minnesota native.
He was looking to establish a family friendly place along the Colorado River.

Today, Laughlin has one main street lined with 10 casinos plus entertainment and shopping opportunities!

Julie’s family came there looking for the cheap meals offered at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Casino, plus have some fun on the river.

  • American Airlines starts daily service from Phoenix to Laughlin on February 16, 2017
  • Kiss plays the Laughlin Event Center on April 22, 2017 (Tickets
  • Laughlin area offers many outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities
  • Close to the last leg of Historic Route 66 in Arizona
  • Historic Oatman, Arizona is a short drive away
  • Lake Havasu/London Bridge is a short boat trip away
  • Laughlin River Run April 26 – 29, 2017 Website

The Aquarius Casino and Resort started out as the Flamingo Hilton.

They recently had a total renovation and are known as the Aquarius Casino and Resort

  • 1900 rooms
  • 96 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites
  • All rooms have a river or mountain view
  • 57,000 sq ft of casino space
  • 30,000 feet of ballroom space
  • Aquarius Website

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