Bob Cashell

Robert Alan Cashell (April 22, 1938 – February 11, 2020) was an American businessman and politician. He served as the mayor of Reno, Nevada from 2002 to 2014. He served as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada from 1983 to 1987 and on the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents from 1979 to 1982. He served as a board member for Station Casinos from June 17, 2011 until his death on February 11, 2020. He was a member of the Republican Party and a former member of the Democratic Party.

Bob Cashell
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27th Mayor of Reno
In office
November 13, 2002 – November 12, 2014
Preceded byJeff Griffin
Succeeded byHillary Schieve
28th Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
GovernorRichard Bryan
Preceded byMyron E. Leavitt
Succeeded byBob Miller
Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents
In office
GovernorRobert List
Personal details
Robert Alan Cashell

(1938-04-22)April 22, 1938
Longview, Texas, U.S.
DiedFebruary 11, 2020(2020-02-11) (aged 81)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (1983–2020)
Other political
Democratic (until 1983)
Nancy Parker
(m. 1964; his death 2020)
Alma materStephen F. Austin State University
ProfessionBusinessman and politician
WebsiteOfficial website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force


Due to his large contributions to students a field house at University of Nevada was constructed and named after him. He is also a prominent businessman, owning Cashell Enterprises, a hotel/casino company. He bought Bill & Effies, a truck stop, in 1967 and renamed it Boomtown Reno. He sold it in 1988 after turning the property into a casino/resort.

He managed several properties including: Karl's Silver Club (now the defunct Bourbon Square Casino) in Sparks, the Bourbon Street Hotel and Casino (now demolished) in Las Vegas and the Avi Resort & Casino for the Avi Indian Tribe in Laughlin. He was a partner in several ventures including: Carson Station (now Max Casino) in Carson City, the Comstock Hotel & Casino (now The Residences at Riverwalk Towers) in Reno and the Holiday Casino (now Harrah's) in Las Vegas. He has also owned several properties including: Winners Inn, Star Casino and Model T Truck Stop in Winnemucca and the Alamo Truck Stop in Sparks. His son, Robert Jr., was a partner in the new ownership of the Fitzgeralds Reno in downtown Reno (which is now the Whitney Peak Hotel). Cashell and his family own and operate Alamo Truck Plaza in Sparks and Topaz Lodge in Gardnerville.

Cashell died on February 11, 2020, at the age of 81, after being at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Downtown Reno due to suffering heart problems and long-term illnesses.[1][2]


Kling, Dwayne. The Rise of The Biggest Little City: An Encyclopedic History, 1931–1981. University of Nevada Press (2000)


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Political offices
Preceded by
University of Nevada System Board of Regents
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Myron E. Leavitt
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
January 3, 1983 – January 5, 1987
Succeeded by
Bob Miller
Preceded by
Jeff Griffin
Mayor of Reno
November 13, 2002 – November 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Hillary Schieve