200 S. 1st St.


New Pioneer Club Hotel

1965-1968

In 1968 there were tax evasion charges leveled against some of the principals of the New Pioneer Club Hotel and Gambling Casino:

Two businessmen operating in South Gate and Las Vegas have been indicted by the Federal Grand Jury here on 11 counts of evading income tax on $218,216.89, U.S. Atty. Matt Byrne announced Wednesday, They are Norbert W. Jansen, 50, who lives at the Tropicana Mobile Park, Las Vegas, and Wendell D. Tingley, 50, of 2606 Lynwood Ave., Las Vegas. Jansen is president and general manager of the New Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Casino in Las Vegas and part owner of a Las Vegas gambling casino known as the California Club. Tingley is manager of the casino at the New Pioneer. {from The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) • Thu, Mar 14, 1968 • Page 3}

Norbert W. Jansen, 50, president of the New Pioneer Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Tuesday pleaded guilty to charges he evaded $13,838 in federal income taxes in 1962 on his personal tax  return. U.S. District Judge Warren Ferguson set Sept. 23 for sentencing of Jansen, who' also is part- owner of the California Club, a Las Vegas casino. {from Independent (Long Beach, California) • Wed, Jun 19, 1968 • Page 21}

Wendall Tingley, 50, manager of the New Pioneer Club casino in Las Vegas, was sentenced to 30 days in jail and $2,500 fine as a condition of three years probation ’for income tax evasion.  U.S. Dist. Judge Manuel L. Real imposed the sentence after Tingley pleaded no contest to charges he participated in evading $161,136 in taxes owed by Southgate Loan Co. plus $72,632 on his personal income. A codefendant, Norbert W. Jansen, 50, president of the New Pioneer Hotel, who pleaded, guilty to evading $13,838 in personal income taxes, will be sentenced next Monday. {from The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) • Tue, Sep 17, 1968 • Page 2}
With this valuable coupon from the October 20, 1967 issue of the
Vegas Visitor you could
get a single room for just $7
plus a free coctail!
The New Pioneer Club owners bought the Hotel Elwell and renamed it the New Pioneer Club Hotel.

Gaming license records show the hotel licensed as the
"New Pioneer Club Hotel"
from Aug 17, 1965 through
September 30, 1968.


On the left is a portion of a very rare tourist  photo of the New Pioneer Club Hotel at 200 S. 1st St. in downtown Las Vegas.
This was formerly the Hotel Ellwell
and would become the Golden Hotel.
In 1984 it would be torn down for the Golden Nugget Parking Garage.

Click on the photo
for an enlarged overview of the area
including the top
of the Lucky Casino sign,
Von Tobel Lumber,
Bank of Nevada,
and in the lower right corner the  Saratoga Race Book.
Pioneer Club hotel in 1965
A listing in the 1966 Las Vegas City Directory also shows Lulu’s Room. and of course they have 'Lucky Slots"


There are not many collectibles around for this short lived property but a couple are shown below.
Corner of First and Carson. Hotel Elwell, New Pioneer Club Hotel, Golden Hotel, and Golden Nuggett Parking structure at 200 S. 1st St.
The downtown Barbary Coast Hotel & Casino was open from March 1, 1966 to May 30, 1966
in the New Pioneer Club Hotel buidling.

The New Pioneer Club Hotel was not the same property
as the Pioneer Hotel on North 1st Street that operated
from the 1940's through the mid 1960's.  
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