Laughlin is located on a narrow strip of southern Nevada that is wedged between California and
Arizona, across the river from Bullhead City, Arizona. It's historic beginnings make for an
interesting story that continues to be told at the Riverside Casino. It goes like this: In 1966 at
the age of 35, after selling his casino in Las Vegas, Don Laughlin opened a dilapidated casino on
the banks of the Colorado River with three employees, twelve slot machines and eight rooms.
The area didn't even have a name. Laughlin was chosen after ruling out Riverside as too
common and Casino as too crass.
It seems Laughlin spotted the bankrupt bar while cruising in his private jet and although a non-
gambling man, he bet he could attract the fishermen that frequented the Colorado River and
nearby Lake Mohave as well as the local people of Needles, California, and Kingman, Bullhead
City, and Lake Havasu City in Arizona to his playtime palace. He was right. In fact, Laughlin
has since become a destination city.