The El Capitan puts Hawthorne, Nevada...

The El Capitan puts Hawthorne, Nevada on the map

There are 8 comments on the story from Jun 11, 2010, titled The El Capitan puts Hawthorne, Nevada on the map. In it, reports that:

During the Second World War, many a soldier asked the question, "Where the hell is Hawthorne, Nevada?" The small town, situated among rolling hills two-hours south of Reno, became the Naval Ammunition Depot Hawthorne in September 1930.

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#1 Jun 24, 2010
Now the El Capitan has taken Hawthorne back OFF the map. After it was taken over by their new owners, the 'Cap' has removed ALL table games, meaning they are strictly a "slots only" casino. The coffee shop closes at 10pm, the motel no longer has special rates for regulars, and the towns number one draw, Walker Lake, is all but dead. The main reason that people would stop & spend the night in Hawthorne, was to have a couple of cocktails and play some cards. Without the blackjack & 'holdem', people will just keep going another hour down the road to Yerington.

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Roswell, NM

#2 Aug 30, 2010
too bad, I worked at the El Capitan for a while, in the restaurant. I actually did alright in there as a server.

Santa Ana, CA

#3 Sep 28, 2010
When I was 17 and in the Marines I drank at Max's Bar which was to one side of El Cap. I used to go in to the El Cap for the floor show and to eat. God I loved the El Cap...
Wife of a Marine

Holden, ME

#4 Sep 30, 2010
Does anyone remember the military bus accident in which about 32 Marines stationed at NAD Hawthorne went off a mountain in 1969? Looking for any articles about the accident.....or, if you're a survivor of it as my husband is.

Ontario, CA

#5 Oct 4, 2010
Wife of a...there was no bus accident that I could find, but you might be thinking of the Gamblers Special, which happened in Feb. 1969. Mineral County Airlines had a DC-3 that crashed into Mt. Whitney in a blizzard and all aboard perished(instantly) 29 passengers & 3 crew members.The snowfall was so deep that year, that the wreckage was not found until June, 4 months later. To read the whole story, just google Thegamblersspecial

Kennebunk, ME

#6 Nov 15, 2014
Big Rick, The bus tragedy was in April 1969 and we were able to get the archived infirmary records showing the men being transported to Oakland Naval Hospital. The men were out on maneuvers and when coming down off the mountain where they were training, the brakes failed on the bus and it went off the mountain. It was a miracle any of the troops onboard lived....obviously, many didn't. Getting them out of a bus off the side of a mountain was no easy feat. There was a recall on some of the buses by GMC that year for faulty brakes! There was some question in this case of possible sabotage though, due to activists who were protesting Vietnam at the time. JAG has very little info about the ultimate outcome (or they just aren't sharing it), but my husband survived and he knows others did. He has the list of the men on his bus because he was their sergeant and remembers most of them from his own barracks. The horror of that bus rolling and crashing down that mountainside was in some ways worse than his tour in Nam he says. Thanks for checking out available information for me though.
James Sparks

Antioch, CA

#7 Jul 24, 2015
I'm not sure about the year I think it was in the summer of 19 68 nad Hawthorne Nevada on a training exercise in a school bus up a hill on a dirt road tipped over and went 50 feet rolling and tossing many Marines were in serious injury you know like kidney transplant some things like that it was hidden from the press and from everything else but I remember it fine because I was a unit diary clerkn had to keep track of all the countries where they went and what was done with them I believe they blamed it on the driver a sergeant steel who has nothing to do with it he had been warning them that the brakes were bad on that bus and the training officer send up in the hills anyway I wonder if any of you were there at that time and remember that all were part of it if I don't think it ever made it to the papers

Glendale, AZ

#8 Oct 1, 2015
My name is Herman Ehlers and I was a Cpl. just back from Nam and this was my 1st duty station. I arrived in Hawthorne sometime in February 1969. The bus accident was actually on April 25, 1969 and it was a grey Navy bus, not a school bus. I am and was a lucky survivors. The breaks did go out and from what I can remember the driver did everything possible to try and stop/slow the bus down. He hugged the side of the mountain as well as trying to downshift to slow it down as well. One thing I do remember is leaving the road and then the next thing, the towns people in pick-up trucks, station wagons and any other vehicle that could make it up the mountain roads to help med-evaced us out. I do remember that when I got back to the base (I was med-evaced to Fallon Navel Air Station) that I heard that only one Marine had died, but quite a few were in serious condition. That is about all I can remember, but after 46 years, I am heading back to Hawthorne to visit the library and local newspaper to try and find out more information and hopefully some photos if they exist. I will post again when I get back home and let anyone who wants to know, what I was able to discover. I have sever back pains and am trying to pin pint the cause for the VA from this accident. Wish me luck.

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