Divorce Ranches of Nevada

December 2015

by Courtney Mooney

(Urban Design Coordinator/Historic Preservation Officer at City of Las Vegas)

Attendees enjoyed an afternoon at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Courtney Mooney provided an extensive presentation on the divorce ranches in the area.

The relaxation of Nevada’s divorce laws in the 1930's led to the divorce industry. For those needing to establish the required six weeks residency, divorce ranches were created. One of the most preserved ranches is at Floyd Lamb Park which still contains 23 buildings mostly built in the 1940's. The ranch was purchased in 1941 by Jacob Goumond and in 1949 Goumond turned it into a divorce ranch to support this thriving industry which had a profound effect on the state of Nevada.


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