WEST WENDOVER (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The sleepy desert town of West Wendover Nevada just got a little less sleepy.
The town, which sits 120 miles from Salt Lake on the Utah/Nevada border didn't' seem to have a lot going for it. Starting off as a water stop for the railroad, the town's main industry was mining potash for fertilizer but that all changed when the casinos came to town. The town now plays hose to five casinos and plans are underway to build two more.
The most recent addition has been a 19 million dollar concert hall, the Peppermill, Rainbow and Montego Bay Concert Hall, which opened its doors on July 14 for its premier show starring Tanya Tucker who performed for a full house. The hall features a state of the art sound system and 1000 seats. Scheduled shows include Neil Sedaka, Colin Raye, Olivia Newton-John, The Spinners and Adbacadabra, The ABBA Tribute.
Wendover, which is still a part of Utah hasn't seen the same economic benefit that West Wendover has and the city council is currently exploring annexing Wendover. The five casinos have been a boon to the town, increasing property valuations by more than 18 percent since 2002.
"The City is proud of the investment that has been made in the community by the construction and opening of this facility. It is a component to the entertainment business here in West Wendover that has long been missing," remarked Councilman Johnny Gorum. "It’s another sign of the progress and future we are carving out for ourselves." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers