Boulder Station


Boulder Station

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Boulder Station is a hotel and casino located in Sunrise Manor, Nevada on Boulder Highway. It is owned and operated by Station Casinos.

History

Boulder Station was built on 27 acres (11 ha) located at the northeast corner of Lamb Boulevard and Boulder Highway. The site was chosen by Station Casinos in 1986, as the company believed that the east side of the Las Vegas Valley was under served. The site was also chosen because of its easy access from the nearby Interstate 515.

Groundbreaking of the $85 million Boulder Station began on August 5, 1993. Attendees at the groundbreaking ceremony included Las Vegas mayor Jan Laverty Jones and Nevada governor Robert Miller. The project was expected to employ 1,700 people, with approximately 260 employees from the Palace Station expressing an interest in being transferred to the new property. The 15-story hotel tower was expected to be topped off in March 1994, and the project’s ultimate cost was $103 million.

Boulder Station’s roadside neon sign had been activated by early August 1994, ahead of the property’s opening. It was the largest freestanding sign along Boulder Highway. The sign included the world’s largest color screen, measuring 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) and being visible for more than two miles away, including downtown Las Vegas. The sign included 75,000 incandescent light bulbs. The total weight of the sign was 1,500 tons, and the creation of the sign’s footings required 58 trucks to pour concrete constantly over a seven-hour period.

Opening

Boulder Station opened on August 23, 1994, with a fireworks show. It was the first new hotel-casino to open on the east side of Las Vegas since 1979. Boulder Station included 300 hotel rooms and a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) casino with 2,200 slot and video poker machines, 44 table games, and a 10-table poker room. The casino also included a 70-seat keno lounge and a 240-seat race and sportsbook. The 44 table games were located in a casino pit accompanied by stained glass murals depicting 19th century trains. The railroad-theme was shared by its sister property, the Palace Station. Boulder Station’s design consisted of Victorian architecture, and the resort totaled 252,000 sq ft (23,400 m2). The casino included the 270-seat Railhead Saloon, featuring live music. Also included were five restaurants and eight fast-food eateries. Among the five restaurants was a 522-seat buffet. In January 1995, Travel Holiday named the casino’s The Broiler restaurant among the best restaurant values in the United States.

Within three weeks of its opening, the hotel had a 93 percent occupancy rate. The resort was built with room for potential expansions. In December 1995, Boulder Station added several new amenities, including an 11-screen movie theater operated by Act III Theatres. Also added was an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2) child-care facility, and a 3,200 sq ft (300 m2) video game arcade. In response to customer requests, Boulder Station opened an 8,000 sq ft (740 m2), 600-seat bingo parlor in June 1996. In the late 1990s, Boulder Station launched its Very Important Seniors (VI$) program, offering special discounts to the large number of nearby elderly residents. In 1999, Boulder Station and Sunset Station became the first hotel-casino properties in the Las Vegas Valley to offer pedicab service, transporting customers to and from their cars in the parking lot.

By April 1999, there were plans to add a 19-story hotel tower to the property, adding an additional 507 rooms. Tentative plans for a bowling alley and an expanded food court were approved in December 1999, as an early step towards eventual expansion plans.

The Railhead had won a special award from the Academy of Music for its spotlight of up and coming local bands.

On September 6, 2016, employees voted in favor of unionizing the hotel and casino property by 355 to 177. It was organized by the Culinary Workers Union. It is the second Station Casinos property to be unionized.

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