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Donald J. "Don" Laughlin (born May 4, 1931) is an American gambling entrepreneur, hotelier and rancher for whom the town of Laughlin, Nevada, is named.
A native of Owatonna, Minnesota, Laughlin worked winters during his youth as a fur trapper. He took the profits and used them to purchase slot machines for installation in hunting lodges. The young businessman was making $500 a week when his school principal gave him an ultimatum: get out of slots or get out of school. Since he was making more than three times what the principal was, he got out of school.
Laughlin moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the late 1950s and purchased his first casino, the "101 Club." By 1964, Laughlin had sold the 101 Club. That same year, Laughlin was flying his private plane over the California/Arizona/Nevada tri-state area near the Colorado River. Growth in the area, specifically in Bullhead City and Kingman in Arizona, and Needles in California, was spurred by the construction of nearby Davis Dam, completed in 1951. The area was also a major stop along Route 66. It was during that flight that Laughlin envisioned the potential of the area as a resort destination. Soon after, he purchased a shuttered, eight-room riverfront motel on 6.5 acres (2.6 ha) for US$250,000. Though the landowner had several offers, he decided to sell the property to Laughlin because of his previous casino background.
In less than two years the Riverside Resort was entertaining guests not only with gambling but with all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for 98 cents. Play at the casino was on twelve slot machines and two live gaming tables. Accommodations at the Riverside were available in only four of the motel's eight rooms; Laughlin's family occupied the remaining four.
The city of Laughlin is believed to have received its name when a U.S. Postal Service inspector asked Laughlin to give a name to the area post office in order to receive mail. Laughlin suggested the name "Riverside and Casino," but the postal i

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Laughlin donates land, billboard time to Bullhead City

BULLHEAD CITY — Riverside Resort’s newest billboard — a modern LED sign at the north end of the Arizona-side Riverside parking lot near the Laughlin Bridge — also represents the successful long-term partnership between Don Laughlin and Bullhead City.
Posted: May 4, 2018, 4:27 am

Ayers: Don't re-open Soering case

According to those who investigated and prosecuted the case, it fit the story “to a T,” so says retired Bedford deputy Ronnie Laughlin, one of the key players in this chronicle. Let’s look at the evidence. On the first afternoon of Soering’s trial ...
Posted: May 14, 2018, 1:35 am

IPL 2018: Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Laughlin Star As Rajasthan Royals Beat Delhi Daredevils By 10 Runs (DLS)

Royals' attack comprising pacers Ben Laughlin and Dhawal Kulkarni bowled well and kept the Daredevils batsmen guessing with their variations. Only two overs of Powerplay also hurt Delhi. With Rishabh Pant (20 off 14) gone in the penultimate over ...
Posted: April 12, 2018, 5:53 am
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