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Complete Nevada Traveler
Guide to
  Elevation:  5,213 feet

Surrounded by vast mountain wilderness, Jackpot is a bright cluster of casinos where US 93 crosses the Idaho-Nevada line. This phenomenal community some 50 miles south of Twin Falls was the first casino boomtown in Nevada - after Las Vegas.

Welcome to Jackpot

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Casino Hotels

Center of Town. 800-821-1103.
The hottest table games, wild new slots, more hand-paid jackpots, more winners than you can imagine, sizzling entertainment, five dining options, 300 guest rooms including 26 suites, a deluxe RV Park, Olympic-size swimming pool and the BIGGEST JACKPOTS make us your "perfect Place to Play!" AAA-Rated Four Diamond property.

Center of Town. 800-258-2937.
Barton's Club 93 sets Jackpot's friendly tone. Offering 100 rooms, free RV parking, 24-hour restaurant, and a fully-equipped casino. The Club 93 prides itself on its Nevada friendliness and its luscious "Pair-a-Dice" buffet.

Center of Town. 800-251-6313.
Friendliest employees in the casino business. You'll always be greeted with a smile and treated as a friend. Receive a "Fun Pack", and $11 value, with your hotel room. Our "Steakhouse and Bakery" serves a "mouth-watering, savory, mesquite-smoked prime rib thast you will come back for again and again.

Center of Town. 800-432-0051.
Famous for its old west-style ambiance and hospitality, 110 spacious rooms, 10 jacuzzi suites, great dining, live entertainment, dancing and thrilling gaming action with 100 new and exciting interactive slot machines. The Horseshu is a favorite hitching post for people seeking quality fun and exciting gaming action at affordable prices.

A brief History & Description of
Jackpot, Nevada


David W. Toll

Here in the high ranchlands of the Bruneau River country, surrounded by vast mountain wilderness, you might be surprised at the bright cluster of casinos where US 93 crosses the Idaho-Nevada line. This phenomenal community some 50 miles south of Twin Falls was the first casino boomtown in Nevada—after Las Vegas.

Jackpot owes its existence to the presidential ambitions of Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee, who did Nevada a big favor in the early 1950s by crusading against illegal slot machines around the country. When slot machines were turned to the wall and poker games closed down in saloons and club rooms around Idaho, Jackpot was born as a log cabin full of one-armed bandits just across the Nevada state line.

It was five years before Jackpot had its first blackjack game, but today the casinos here would be right at home in Las Vegas. Cactus Pete's, the first and best-known of them is now a major high-rise, with the Four Jacks, Bartons's Club 93, a new Holiday Inn Express and the fabulously conceived ("a combination of a Hollywood sound stage and a western mining town") Horseshu.

There are 1,500 permanent residents in Jackpot now, and although the town lacks the supreme symbol of civilized existence, a cemetery, it does have a school, a newspaper, a golf course, a magnificent enclosed swimming pool, tennis courts, over 100 RV spaces and an airport. And despite being on the Nevada side of the line, Jackpot is now the largest employer in southern Idaho.

Most of this prosperity derives from the avalanche of visitors who roar south from Idaho every weekend, lured as much by the simple pleasure of a good dinner and the chance to get out of Idaho overnight, as by the gambling games.

For their benefit Jackpot sets its clocks to Idaho time, an hour later than the rest of Nevada. Gambling is still the main attraction for the wintertime sunseekers drifting south out of Canada, and for the truckers who highball north and south on US 93 at all times of the year.

Increasingly, though, visitors are also attracted to Jackpot for the outdoor recreation available in every direction, from about ten feet out of town to as far as you can see and beyond.

The Jarbidge Wilderness Area is in the mountains to the southwest, and the majority of the state's record deer have come from this part of the state. Sage grouse, chukar and pheasant hunting are excellent, and the fishing is even better. The Little Salmon River and its tributaries commonly offer up rainbow and brown trout up to four pounds, with larger fish caught somewhat less frequently. Salmon Falls reservoir across the line in Idaho, boasts of nine varieties of game fish including trout, salmon, bass and walleye. The opportunities for stream, river and lake fishing are essentially limitless.

Jackpot is surely the busiest town in Nevada, maybe the world, with a year-around schedule of golf tournaments, air races, skeet shoots, balloon ascensions and other events both ordinary and exotic. The golf course is open all year (play is with a green ball in winter).

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