A popular Las Vegas attraction, Bonnie Springs Ranch, has been sold and will close.
Upon news of the sale, we contacted the Bonnie Springs Motel and were informed while employees haven’t been officially notified of the sale, the motel won’t take reservations beyond Feb. 2019.
According to sources, Bonnie Springs Ranch will be leveled by April, including its zoo and buildings.
Bonnie Springs Ranch is touted as a replica of an Old West town and is located in the Red Rock Canyon area, 20 miles west of Las Vegas.
The ranch spans 63 acres.
The “Bonnie” in Bonnie Springs Ranch comes from Bonnie McGaugh, the woman who purchased the ranch in 1952.
McGaugh, a one-time dancer and showgirl, passed away in 2016.
While she purchased the ranch in 1952, the ranch’s history dates back to 1840, or approximately “like a bajillion years ago” in Millennial years.
Fun fact: The zoo at Bonnie Springs Ranch started when the owner took in two two pygmy goats from (wait for it) Wayne Newton.
Wikipedia mentions speculation Bonnie Springs Ranch is haunted, but we won’t elaborate because ghosts don’t actually exist and there’s already plenty of stupidity in the world.
Here’s us talking about the rumored sale of Bonnie Springs Ranch on Channel 8, because we sort of always have to make things about us.
It’s unknown what plans the buyer of Bonnie Springs Ranch might have for the sprawling site, or its zoo animals or Old West artifacts.
Update (1/8/19): A source tells us Bonnie Springs Ranch was sold for $30 million. Following our scoop, NevadaCurrent.com shared plans have been filed with Clark County to divide up the ranch into 22 parcels for residential housing. Documents show the buyer of Bonnie Springs Ranch is Joel Laub, former CEO of Astoria Homes.
Update (1/9/19): Our story has been confirmed by a number of sources. It’s expected the sale will be finalized in March 2019 when demolition will begin, but the buyer has agreed construction will not start until the zoo animals are relocated. Plans call for 20 homes to be built (each 2-3 acres), as well as a 25-room motel and 5,400-square foot event barn, whatever that might actually be.