El Rancho Hotel

In ruins
729 Lake Avenue, Wells, NV

Midcentury modern hotel built in 1949


El Rancho Hotel

Photo taken by Richard Doody in November 2010



The El Rancho Hotel was built in 1949 by Italian immigrant and entrepreneur Leo Quilici. The El Rancho was the first hotel in Wells to incorporate structural steel construction and electricity. The building marked the transition of the city from a frontier outpost to a modern day community. It is a two-story, mid-twentieth century double block commercial style hotel.Some elements of the interior like the period bar and furnishings remain intact.The building is topped by a large neon sign of a wrangler and a bucking horse, created by the Young Electric Sign Company. The hotel was closed after sustaining considerable damage from a 6.0 earthquake on February 21, 2008.


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Built during 1940s (1,727)
Elko County, Nevada (57)
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Update Log 

  • May 13, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


  • Richard Doody