Pahrump, NV, is a little over 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas, but still sports one strong similarity when compared to its more well-known neighbor.
That common characteristic is the presence of gambling sites--from the two banks of slot machines in the local pharmacy to the casinos along the main steet through the city.
Our search through RV park directories for an RV park in Pahrump led us to Terrible's Lakeside Casino RV Park. And the name led us on a search of its history.
"At first glance, the name Terrible's may not seem like the most appealing name for a casino, but it is but a small part of the Terrible Herbst empire of gas stations, car washes, quick lubes and casinos" (wizardofvegas.com/hotels/terribles).
"The Terrible’s name dates to when the casinos were built by Herbst Gaming — Terrible’s Town in June 1996 and Terrible’s Lakeside in December 1998 — based on that company’s branded convenience store and gas station chain of the same name. The name comes from the fact competitors complained about the company’s cheap gas prices as that “terrible” so-and-so " (Mark Waite, Pahrump Valley Times, February 29, 2012).
However, a sale of the casino and RV park was finalized earlier this year, and the name "Terrible's" was dropped from the name.
We arrived near the October full moon and were able to capture these scenes of the park on the night and morning of our first 24 hours at Lakeside Casino and RV Park.
We had driven through desert lands to reach Pahrump and would be traveling through sections of Death Valley in the next few days, so finding this oasis was most welcome.
This view of mountains to the west added a nice touch to this already beautiful haven.
We are two retirees--Chuck, 64, and Kate, 63--who decided to travel the U.S. On June 13, 2008, we began our long-talked-about travels by heading south from our home in Pennsylvania in our Ford 550 and 38’ New Horizons fifth wheel.
Our travel aim is to meet people and go at least "knee-deep" into the culture of several communities. To learn what is important in the lives of the residents of the towns, villages, and farms of America is our primary interest.
When not learning about what people do, we will be (1) sampling the foods that help people do what needs to be done and (2) listening to the music of their culture.
A neighborhood joint or local hall serving liquid refreshment and featuring a jam session with local musicians . . . well, it just doesn't get any better.
We welcome comments, questions, or suggestions of people to meet, places to visit, and "don't miss" neighborhood joints for food and/or music. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org