Courtesy photo The exterior sign of the El Capitan Lodge & Casino in Hawthorne will be one of the initial projects in the property’s renovation.

Courtesy photo
The exterior sign of the El Capitan Lodge & Casino in Hawthorne will be one of the initial projects in the property’s renovation.

Hawthorne’s historic El Capitan Lodge & Casino is under going a renovation according to a press release from Glenn Carns, General Manager of the property.

Built in the 1930’s, the historic casino has a colorful history in Mineral County. During the booming era of World War II, the El Capitan Lodge & Casino was a haven for stationed soldiers in the area. Travelers would come to Hawthorne for the chicken fried steak meals and the live gaming.

Renovation will begin the second week of December with the removal of portions of the casino’s exterior signage to make way for a “new vintage look for the iconic gaming and hospitality center in Hawthorne.”

The exterior is not the only renovation to take place; the interior will also be remodeled in the banquet and convention areas; restaurant; casino bar/lounge, main casino floor and more.

The design feature, according to the release, will include natural stone, wood finishes and colors to “recreate the property’s historical look of years past. In mid-January 2016, extensive renovation of hotel exterior and rooms will resume.”

“Details of this exciting project will be discussed in more detail as we move through this million dollar undertaking,” said Carns. “I enthusiastically invite everyone to come in and watch the progress as we bring the El Capitan Lodge & Casino back to its warm lodge look, quality and feel.”