We stayed at Reno, Nevada’s Silver Legacy for three nights and had a relaxing and fruitful time (read: we actually made some money).
Last night at the roulette table, a young man sat across from my husband; I stood to one side deciding to play spectator for a while. I could not get over how this young man, probably barely 21, looked so much like a young Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba). My husband as a young man resembled him also. The young roulette Lou kept glancing over at my husband. I don’t know what went through his mind, but I wonder if he thought that this is what he might look like a few years down the road. For me, it was a rather out-of-body experience, standing behind my husband and looking over at this young man as if I was looking at my husband so many years ago.
The Silver Legacy is a fascinating place. Housed within the casino is a 120 foot high mining rig from a bygone era that sits within an 180 foot high dome that depicts the sky from sunrise to sunset. There are eerie noises of a squeaking rig, and bats and birds, and there is an hourly laser show with lightning and thunder.
“The mining theme of this hotel celebrates the legacy of Sam Fairchild, a man who
found silver in Nevada in the 1850’s and became one of the wealthiest barons in
the American West. Today, the hotel is located at the site of Fairchild’s
original mine.” A quote from Google, but what is interesting is that I’ve also read that Sam Fairchild is mythical.
At any rate, the mining rig within the casino is quite something to see. I snapped a few photos to include here. It truly is incredible.