Developer Plans To Open Historic Mustang Ranch Buildings

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A brothel owner who bought the buildings and logo of Nevada's infamous Mustang Ranch bordello plans to reopen them this summer, possibly as a museum.

Lance Gilman, who owns the Wild Horse Canyon Ranch and Spa, bought the buildings on eBay in October from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for $145,100.

Storey County commissioners approved the transport of the buildings to Gilman's brothel, which is located off Interstate 80 about 20 miles east of Reno. That was after a restraining order blocking the move was lifted.

The delays forced Gilman to abandon his original opening date of Memorial Day weekend.

"I knew our original projection of a Memorial Day weekend opening was optimistic," Gilman said. "But I truly believed we'd make it."

Gilman said restoration of the Mustang buildings is "on track" for a summer opening but didn't give a date.

The federal government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in 1999 after its operators were convicted of racketeering.

The Mustang Ranch was the state's first legal bordello. Twenty-seven now remain in 12 mostly rural counties. Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City.