In 1978, a promotional stunt for Fran’s Star Ranch Brothel near Beatty, Nevada resulted in the crash of a twin-engined aircraft. The wreck has been located next to the brothel’s billboard ever since.
Travelers heading north along Hwy 95 outside of Beatty, Nevada will probably notice the big bright yellow Angel’s Ladies Brothel sign advertising “FREE ALL NIGHT TRUCK PARKING | FREE SHOWERS |FREE COFFEE | PHONES | MASSAGES” before they notice the crashed plane.
It looks pretty good when you consider its been sitting out in the hot desert sun for the last 38 years. The property that the plane sits on has been used as a brothel since the early 1900s. Formally known as the Circle C Ranch and Vickie’s Star Ranch, by the time the accident happened in 1978, it was going by the name of Fran’s Star Ranch.
Rumor has it that Fran’s Star Ranch thought it would be a good idea to run a promotion to generate business for the brothel. They came up with the idea of having a parachute jumping contest. The rules were fairly simple, if you could jump out of the plane and land on a mattress that sat atop a large painted star located on the property, you could spend one full evening with a lady of your choice.
The contest went to shit after the pilot of the Beechcraft C-45 became distracted by the girls standing outside, clipped a pole on the landing strip and crash landed where it still sits today.
In 1997, a former funeral home director named Mack Moore was looking for a ranch in the desert. Fran’s Ranch, a successful small-town brothel about two hours from Las Vegas, wasn’t what he had in mind but her 77-acre garden and pool fed by mountain spring water were hard to resist. He renamed it Angel’s Ladies after his wife of almost 25 years and also because people were “confusing the brothel with a real ranch.”
The Moore’s sold the brothel in 2006 to Jonathon King for $2.14 million, which was supposed to include a $750,000 down payment, but Moore said King backed out after making a few $4,000 per month payments and the brothel license expired Sept. 30, 2007. Moore reopened the brothel after going through another time-consuming, expensive brothel application process. He attempted to unload the property again, but that deal also went sour and the Moore’s were back in the sex business.
By 2014, Mack had become the oldest “pimp” (proprietor) in Nevada working in the world’s oldest profession. Mack, now 84 years old, was ready to retire. It was the recession and technology that had finally put an end to the brothel business. While the Internet helped build up the business, technology later became a curse, with Global Positioning System (GPS) devices on trucks that track where the drivers go and the explosion in social media, which made hooking up easier and cheaper than going to a brothel. The ladies may be gone but you can still visit the crash site on the west side of US Hwy 95, three miles north of downtown Beatty, NV. Just look for the sign, you can’t miss it.