RENO (AP) - The last remaining building on the grounds where the
infamous Mustang Ranch brothel once stood went up in flames today.
The 48-room, 20-thousand-square-foot structure known as the
Mustang Ranch Two annex was destroyed as part of a training
exercise by Storey County firefighters.
The building was the last at the former site of the Mustang
Ranch, located just east of Reno. The government padlocked the
ranch in 1999 after years of tax problems.
In 2003, the U-S Bureau of Land Management auctioned off the
annex for 86-hundred dollars to Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite
BunnyRanch brothel just east of Carson City.
At the same time, the agency sold the gaudy pink stucco
buildings that formed the heart of the state's first legal brothel
for 145-thousand dollars to Lance Gilman. He moved them a short
distance next to his Wild Horse Adult Resort and Spa and continues
to operate them under the famous name.
Hof says he had planned to use the Mustang Ranch annex as a
museum next to his brothel. But moving it was too expensive, so he
donated it to fire crews.
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