Vintage Ashtray Holiday Hotel Downtown Reno Nevada 1953-1998, Glass

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In 1953, millionaire developer Norman Biltz announced plans to build the Holiday Hotel on the south bank of the Truckee River between Center and Lake Streets. Perhaps most surprising was his insistence that unlike the neighboring Mapes and Riverside Hotels, the Holiday would offer no table games. Instead, its investors planned to promote the area as a sportsman’s paradise, an aspect Biltz thought had been all but obliterated by the city’s reputation for gambling and divorce. “For every ten crapshooters,” he said, “There are a hundred who would rather shoot birds.”

Despite its many attractions, the Holiday’s non-gaming “experiment” didn’t last long. According to Biltz, one week after it opened, “you could shoot a cannon through the place.” In July 1957, the hotel was purchased by Newton Crumley and associates, who immediately added a casino floor to the southwest section of the building. The Holiday underwent many changes of ownership through the years, finally closing in 1998.

This ashtray measures approximately 3.5" W x 3.5" D x 1.25" H

This ashtray is in very good condition. No chips, cracks or breaks. The graphics are still clear. Someone etched the initials VJO on the bottom of the ashtray. Please see the photographs for additional condition information. Thanks for stopping by!