Fire At Mount Charleston Lodge Near Lee Canyon Ski Resort

Fire has destroyed the historic Mount Charleston lodge. In a statment they say

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the Mount Charleston Lodge burned down this morning. Most importantly, none of our team members nor any members of the Mount Charleston community were harmed in the fire. The surrounding area and the cabins were both left untouched. We’d like to thank all the first responders who assisted with keeping everything contained this morning. The lodge was a beloved landmark, and we plan on rebuilding and recreating the atmosphere and charm that so many were able to enjoy throughout the years.”

On September 17, 2021, at approximately 4:45 a.m., a large fire destroyed the Mt. Charleston Lodge again. None of the adjacent cabins were damaged in the fire. Firefighters deemed the lodge a total loss, and believed that the fire originated in the dining area. The Ellis family plans to rebuild the lodge, which was a local landmark and a popular gathering spot for the community

The Mt. Charleston Lodge was a longtime restaurant located adjacent to Cathedral Subdivision at the end of Nevada Rte. 157 Kyle Canyon Road. By 1948, the Mt. Charleston Lodge included a rustic 25-room lodge and 13 cottages, and was owned by the owners of the Frontier casino in Las Vegas.

A fire previously destroyed the Mt. Charleston Lodge on December 28, 1961. It took firefighters from Las Vegas more than an hour to reach the site, and a fire station was later built in Old Town to help stop any future fires. The Bailey family, owners of the Hacienda resort in Las Vegas, also owned the Mt. Charleston Lodge at the time of the fire,and they announced plans to rebuild it. Construction began in 1962. Four years later, a 150-person restaurant was added to the Mt. Charleston Lodge, which also had a 100-person lounge and 15 slot machines. The Orcutt family took over operations in 1974,and in 1994 added over a dozen cabins, located next to the restaurant. In 2018, it was sold to the Ellis family, which also owned the Ellis Island casino in Las Vegas.


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