Built as a coffee shop in 1953 and converted to a casino in 1957, this structure is less important for its architecture, which has changed over the years, than for its large sign dominating the northwest corner. It copies the famous Las Vegas Golden Nugget sign, designed by Kermit Wayne of the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO), maker of many of the most famous examples in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas sign is gone, a victim of that casino's latest facelift. The Carson City Nugget, a decorated shed built of concrete block, is typical of mid-twentieth-century casino architecture—a long, low, rectangular box to which signs could be attached.
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