There is not much humidity right how in North Central Texas. It almost feels like this desert at a warm 105 temperature. Once it gets past 100, it’s all the same. I have been right here on this river in Laughlin when the temp was 110. It’s all the same really–HOT!
Laughlin isn’t the same as it used to be. Nothing is. I recall drives through this town of about two or three, maybe four, casinos way back when at the time my dad drove us to Las Vegas for bowling leagues. The casinos back in the 80’s that I remember stopping in (and I was 16 years old) were the Riverside and the Colorado Bell. The Riverside is the oldest. Don Laughlin opened the Riverside in the late 1960’s. We usually stopped in to get something to eat and hang out for a while to cool off.
In the late 80’s and early 90’s I went to the Riverside several times a year and with a couple cases of eggs. In fact, I always ate for free and had some sort of voucher for a couple of shows given to me because I brought all these eggs to someone in the Lauglin family there. My room was always perfect.
When I took this photo, my girlfriends and I took a final trip to Lauglin just before I moved to Texas. I enjoyed spending the day there but it is not like it was. There’s a ton of traffic and so much shopping. Shopping is fine, but I am interested in the spirit of the casino as it was in the early years. The restaurants are fabulous as are the shows though so it is a trip well worth the drive across the mighty Mojave desert.