The Clark County Heritage Museum covers the golden age in Las Vegas gaming. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -
The Clark County Museum in Henderson has seen a dramatic increase in visitors, all because of a famous pawn shop that's 19 miles away.
Pawn Stars is the No. 1 show on cable and often features appearances from museum administrator Mark Hall-Patton.
Because of those appearances on the hit cable show, the museum has seen a 73 percent increase in visitors, even though the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Downtown Las Vegas is more than 19 miles away.
The pawn shop welcomes thousands of visitors every week, and as an added value the museum is busier than ever. It features exhibits both indoors and outdoors on a 30-acre lot. You can explore prehistoric Nevada all the way up to the booming gambling days.
Hall-Patton said the reason he went on Pawn Stars originally was to, hopefully, shed more of a spotlight on the museum. And it worked.
"They're actually coming in from all over the world and coming to the Clark County Museum," said Hall-Patton.
He said once he gets a visitor there that they often come back.
"We've got 20 restored buildings, we have a ghost town, we've got walking trails, nature areas, a history of the valley in the main building. There's a lot to see," Hall-Patton said.
The museum is located at 1830 South Boulder Hwy. in Henderson. It is open every day from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Copyright 2012 KVVU (KVVU Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:21:12 GMT
(RNN) - British officials are saying one man is dead and two others were injured in a possible terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.According to BBC News, eyewitnesses said man was attacked in a streetMore >
One man is dead after two men attacked him in broad daylight with knives and meat cleavers. More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:00:05 GMT
Las Vegas Metro police said former Major League slugger Jose Canseco is being investigated as a suspect in a sexual assault case. Metro made the announcement Wednesday following a series of tweets fromMore >
Las Vegas Metro police said former Major League slugger Jose Canseco is being investigated as a suspect in a sexual assault case.More >
Thursday, February 21 2013 3:40 PM EST2013-02-21 20:40:03 GMT
A woman arrested Tuesday was seen engaging in sexual acts with a pit bull while outside in a backyard and in view of neighbors, Las Vegas Metro police said. Metro Wednesday released the report describingMore >
A Las Vegas woman was arrested Tuesday after authorities caught her having sex with a pit bull in her back yard, according to Metro police.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:26 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:26:31 GMT
Authorities identified a 38-year-old pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a tractor trailer on U.S. 95. The Clark County Coroner's office said Penny Amber Franco died in the incident that tookMore >
Authorities identified a 38-year-old pedestrian who was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer on U.S. 95.More >
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:56:01 GMT
(RNN) – Of the 24 killed in the EF-5 tornado that decimated Moore, OK, 10 are children - two of which are infants according to a release by the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office. All the childrenMore >
The last of the missing from Monday's massive tornado that tore through the town of Moore, OK, have been accounted for. More >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:56:49 GMT
A bill that would allow illegal immigrants to receive a driving card has passed the Nevada Senate. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis ofMore >
A bill aimed at making Nevada roads safer passes overwhelmingly in the Senate. Senate Bill 303 would allow driver's privilege cards for illegal immigrants.More >