The El Capitan puts Hawthorne, Nevada on the map

Jun 11, 2010

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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Huntington Beach, CA

#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

Mechanic Falls, 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.

Westminster, 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.

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