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Green Shack

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1932. 2504 E. Fremont St.
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

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.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Green Shack", [Las Vegas, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 215-215.

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