Laughlin, Nevada

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Coordinates: 35°8′30″N 114°37′7″W / 35.14167°N 114.61861°W / 35.14167; -114.61861

Laughlin is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 7,076. Laughlin is a port located on the Colorado River 94 miles (152.3 km) south of Las Vegas, near the southern "tip" of Nevada. Directly across the river from Laughlin is Bullhead City, Arizona, which has four times the population of Laughlin (approximately 39,000) and supplies almost all of the workforce.

Laughlin's name comes from Don Laughlin, an Owatonna, Minnesota, native who bought the southern tip of Nevada in 1964 (informally called South Pointe). At the time, Laughlin operated the 101 Club in Las Vegas. He opened what would become the Riverside Resort, offering all-you-can-eat chicken dinners for 98 cents, 12 slot machines and two live gaming tables, along with eight motel rooms (although four of the rooms were occupied by Don Laughlin's family). Laughlin wanted to call the community "Riverside" or "Casino" but the post office opted for Laughlin instead.[1]

Laughlin is the third most visited casino and resort destination in the state after Las Vegas and Reno, and is one of the top five destinations for American RV enthusiasts.[2]

Laughlin is advertised as a more family-friendly venue than its contemporaries, and as such has a greater emphasis on outdoor and family activities as opposed to the greater glitz and adult entertainment found in Las Vegas or Reno. Many of the casinos that line the Colorado River are linked by an unofficial pedestrian thoroughfare known as the Laughlin Riverwalk.

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