Quick Divorce and Floyd Lamb Park
In the land of 24-hour chapels, marathon-running ceremonies and drive-thru nuptials, one rarely thinks of the other side of wedding bliss. The home of quickie weddings is also the land of quickie divorces.
You may find it interesting that quick divorces were a large part of Nevada’s industry and growth. In the 1950s a dude ranch housed Hollywood celebrities, among others, establishing their short six-week residency requirements for divorces. In what’s now the beautiful Floyd Lamb State Park at Tule Springs, people were taking advantage of Nevada’s liberal divorce laws. Nevada was the first in the nation to have the shortest residency time requirement.
Residents weren’t just sitting around bored during their stay. “The Tule Springs Ranch offered a swimming pool, lake, tennis courts and a shooting range in addition to horseback riding, hayrides, barbecues, dances, and the nightlife of nearby Las Vegas as entertainment; as well as a glimpse at real ‘western’ life,” the park’s website touts. And some of the houses are still standing today.
Now, if you actually stayed married long enough to consummate the thing (unlike Britney Spears . . . wink, wink), but your life of eternal bliss with your soul mate has you praying for the end of time, Nevada is the place for your quick divorce.
Take it from me — my divorce only took four weeks and I know of shorter ones — when you are ready to get out quick, Nevada residency has its benefits. Sorry, I got off track there for a moment.
I should also mention that Tule Springs housed residents thousands of years before the divorcing crowd. The park is internationally recognized to paleontologists and prehistoric fans alike. Bones and remnants of monster-sided wooly mammoths, great bison and Native Americans that used the springs as they crossed the valley have been discovered in the area.
If you ever find yourself enjoying all that Las Vegas has to offer — be it the drive-thru wedding, the hangover, or the quickie divorce — take the time (while waiting out your residency) to visit Floyd Lamb State Park and all it has to offer.