Hotel Nevada finds piece of history – letter from 1931

The Hotel Nevada made an interesting discovery earlier this week when they found a well-preserved handwritten letter dated Oct. 12, 1931, inside of a wall in a room they are currently renovating.

This letter is over 90 years old and looks to be written in Spanish or Portugese on original Hotel Nevada stationary. The letter was written two years after the Hotel Nevada was opened for business.

The historic Hotel Nevada and Gamblin Hall located at 501 Aultman St. was built at a cost of $400,000 and was opened in July 7, 1929, with 100 hotel rooms.  At six stories high, it was the tallest building in the state until 1931.  It was also the state’s first fire-proof building.

The Hotel Nevada covertly offered bathtub gin and moonshine to its customers, as Prohibition in the United States was still in effect. The Hotel Nevada also secretly provided its guests with gambling, which was made illegal in Nevada in 1910. When gambling was again legalized in Nevada in 1931, the owners immediately renovated the casino, and added slot machines and blackjack tables.

It’s hard to say who that letter may have come from, a construction worker during the construction of the Hotel or maybe a hotel guest, either way it is definitely a very remarkable piece of history that the Hotel Nevada will be able be framing for guests and locals to see when they visit.

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