118 Fremont

Las Vegas, NV

Boulder Club

1931 to 1960

Boulder Club Eldorado Las vegas
Boulder Club Las vegas
Boulder Club Matchcover
Boulder Club phone listing 1944
Photo courtesy of UNLV special collections.
Photograph of a faro card game in the Boulder Club (Las Vegas), 1953

Description: Faro table in the Boulder Club Card Room.

Transcribed from photo: "The card room at the back of the old Boulder Club where Larry Hazelwood played bridge, Jimmy Young played poker, etc. Permission to take this photo given by Jimmy Young, part owner along with Ken Houssels, Sr., Larry Hazelwood, Connie Hurley, and Mrs. Witcher. At the table left a shill from Horseshoe; right- Blackie- a Boulder Club shill; Standing behind Blackie, Boulder Club Bar manager, Ben; Standing next to Ben two regulars of the Boulder Club." Transcribed from photo sleeve: "About August, 1953"

(From UNLV Special Collections. Click on the photo to be taken to their site.)
1931 Las Vegas resolution to limit new gambling licenses.
The reference to A T McCarter in the article to the left was for the Exchange Club.
A few weeks after the articicle above appeared limiting gambling
to existing establishments for the time being... a lawsuit was filed.
This is a transcription of an article that was in too poor a condition to be readable.

Nevada State Journal
May 28, 1931 

A suit seeking to force the city of Las Vegas to issue a gambling license was heard today in the state Supreme Court.

The  action was filed by Roy Grimes, D J McCauley, and R H Davenport, who seek to conduct a dice game in the Pavilion building at Lorenzi's Resort in Las Vgeas.

The three men declare the city officials of Las Vegas, by refusing them a permit, is guilty of discrimination under the state law.

Their application for the gambling license was filed with the city clerk April 7, (1931) and they assert that their application was in due form and that they possess the necessary qualifications prescribed by the laws of the state of Nevada and by the ordinances of the city for applicants for gaming licenses

The Las Vegas officials, in attempting to regulate gambling, March 30 (1931) passed an emergency ordinance with which became effective April 3. (1931) {Note: Gambling was legalized in Nevada on March 19, 1931}
Two days later and prior to the filing of petitioner's license, the city granted gambling licenses to the Boulder Club, Las Vegas Club, A. T. McCarter of the Exchange Club, and Stocker and Morgan at the Northern Club, and then adopted a resolution that no license would be granted in Las Vegas except of those places of business that had had gambling licenses during the previous quarter and that no further or new licenses would be considered until a zone Was established by them for the operation of gambling houses and the policy adopted by the board governing the issuances of new licenses.

April 17, (1931) the board rejected the application of Grimes, McCauley, and Davenport who thereupon applied to the Supreme Court for relief from what they class “unfair and unjust discrimination”.
The petitioners were represented before the Supreme Court by Charles Lee Horsey, while the action of the board of city commissioners of Las Vegas was upheld by F. A. Stephens, city attorney.

Negro Club Licensed
Several days later the board adopted a resolution fixing the policy of the board as contrary to the granting of further gambling licenses for the quarter save to those licensed during the previous three months but providing that members of the Ethiopian race might be granted licenses for the conduct of the game or games in a place catering exclusively to persons of the same race.

In the article below dated July 8, 1931 the applicants lost their battle for licensing at the Supreme Court of Nevada.

Roy Grimes loses his appeal for a gambling license in 1931
In 1960, Benny Binion purchased the Boulder Club to expand the Horseshoe.

Boulder Drug Company was located at 121 Fremont St.
Boulder Drug Company was located at 121 Fremont St.
Boulder Drug Company was located at 121 Fremont St.
The Boulder Drug Company was located at 121 Fremont St.   Like many other small businesses it had slot machines that were installed in the earliest days of legalized gaming.  In his book, Roll the Bones, “© 2013 David G. Schwartz” writes that  Boulder Drug was licensed by the Las Vegas City Commission for 8 slot machines in 1931 while the Vegas Sweet Shoppe was licensed for 17 machines on June 29, 1931. 

Boulder Drug Co.

121 Fremont

Traffic jam on Fremont Street right in front of Boulder Drug!
Traffic jam on Fremont Street right in front of Boulder Drug!
...In 1940, ‘41, ‘42 the Boulder Club was the biggest club. You had the Sal Sagev and the Apache Hotel. The Nugget wasn’t there yet. Kell Houssels had the Las Vegas Club up in the next block, and then the Pioneer Club came along.... When Guy McAfee came to town and had the Frontier Club, he brought Los Angeles officers up with him to be his special officers.
When I was a policeman I went over at the Boulder Club, and in addition to my regular shift on the police department, I worked as a special officer in the Boulder Club prior to going into the navy.

{excerpted from UNLV Oral History project of George L. Ullom: Politics and Development in Las Vegas, 1930s-1970s  by Jamie Coughtry Published: 1989- UNOHP Catalog #151}
A rare color tourist photo of the Boulder Club circa 1942
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