Wendover Will

West Wendover, Nevada, is a town along I-80 on the Utah border with a few casinos and not much else. Why stop there? To pay a visit to Wendover Will, the “world’s largest mechanical cowboy”.

 

Wendover Will

Wendover Will has been greeting visitors to West Wendover since 1952. He stands 63 feet tall and was originally meant to draw people in to the Stateline Casino (now the Wendover Nugget).

Wendover Will in West Wendover, Nevada

Wendover Will

Will was named after William Smith, the founder of Stateline Casino. His business actually started out as a service station in 1926. When gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, Smith “hit the jackpot” by transforming the service station into a casino.

The Wendover Nugget took over operations of Stateline Casino in 2004 and donated Will to the city. He was restored and erected in the city center.

Wendover Will in West Wendover, Nevada

Wendover Will

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