The Green Shack Restaurant has been a fixture in Las Vegas for over sixty years. Occupying a long, rectangular, one-story former barracks, it has a gable roof and a shed-roofed porch extending along the north side. The business, founded by Mettie Jones, originally operated out of town, along the road to the Colorado River. In 1932 Jones purchased a green-painted barracks from the Union Pacific Railroad and moved it alongside the recently completed Boulder Dam Highway (Fremont Street), just inside the city limits. Jones relocated her business, which has operated here ever since. Initially a destination for Boulder Dam workers coming into town, the restaurant is now surrounded by strip development. Additions to the barracks have obscured the lines of the original structure, but the bright green paint is reminiscent of the Union Pacific's colors.
You are here
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.