Piece of Harry Reid's Hometown Up for Sale

SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. -- Have you ever wanted to own a mansion? Or, perhaps, acres of ranchland to live like the J.R. Ewing character in the TV series "Dallas"?

Well, let's dream bigger: How would you like to own a town?

A week ago, an ad was placed on the Internet putting Searchlight, Nev., for sale.

A good chunk of Searchlight is for sale, including a casino, gas station and some of the land behind it.

That's just a small portion of what's being sold to whoever has the $4.9 million to buy it.

Residents of the dusty mining town said when it comes to a small outpost like Searchlight for sale, big isn't always better.

"At one time in the 1920s, it was larger than Las Vegas," said Fred Marik, a commercial business sales broker.

But not anymore.

The town is rich in history with stories of gold mining and the residents are close-knit -- many of whom have lived in the town for decades.

The town is also home to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who raised there and still keeps a house there.

Searchlight's population is 900, so small the town doesn't have a stoplight. But, according to an ad placed by Marik, the town has potential.

For sale is 42 acres, owned by the Doing family.

"It's not really the whole city of Searchlight," Marik said. "It's the core of the city."

Most of the 13-square acre town is owned by the Doings and they asked Marik to sell the 42 acres of their property.

Marik said the land also includes a restaurant, bar, motel. six commercial properties and several residential properties, owned by 88-year-old Verlie Doing, who still works at the casino that she's selling.

The Doing family wants Verlie to retire and move to the Ozarks.

She said saying goodbye to her home in the desert will be hard.

"But I could do it," she said, and added with a laugh. "I said goodbye to Beatty, (Nev.)"

Whoever buys it better think twice about changing the name.

"I think they wouldn't think favorably on that," Marik said. "And I don't think Harry Reid would think favorably on that at all."

A call to Reid's office to ask if was interested in buying the land wasn't returned.


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