Yet another part of our natural surroundings in Red Rock is being destroyed so another developer can build yet another unneeded motel and a bunch of shitty houses.
Originally built in 1843 as a stopover for the wagon trains going to California along the Old Spanish Trail, Bonnie Springs Ranch is an 1880s western town replica town and attraction that has been entertaining generations of Las Vegas locals since the mid-1960s.
Bonnie Springs Ranch is named for its founder Bonnie Levinson, who died in 2016 at age 94. Bonnie bought the ranch in 1952, added horseback riding and a restaurant in the 60s and then built the infamous Old Nevada western town in 1974, followed by a zoo in the 1980s.
In March, that will all come to an end.
Levinson’s children, decided to sell the attraction to developer Joel Laub and attorney Randall Jones who plans to demolish both the zoo and the old western town to make way for a luxury housing development, restaurant, and 25-room motel. Of course, their estimated $31 million windfall from the sale hasn’t stopped them from trying to pull every last dollar out of the property before it’s demolished, as their Facebook page is still promoting the attraction without one word of it’s impending doom.
Jones said he expects everything to be finalized by March, and intends to begin construction immediately after.
The Las Vegas valley has so many other sites for construction… Why ruin this historic and beautiful landscape to build more luxury houses?
A petition to save Bonnie Springs has amassed more than 17,000 signatures and is still growing.