Bruno Selmi arrived in the United States from Lucca, Italy, in November 1946 at the age of 23. His brother had ranch in Dayton, Nevada and put him to work as a cook. Bruno later found a job in Empire at the gypsum plant where a few fellow Italians were being hired because they didn’t need to know a lot of English. At night, he would tend bar and deal 21 at a local bar-casino in Empire. In 1952, purchased the Longhorn Bar in Gerlach for $6,500 and renamed it Bruno's Country Club. A tough, independent character, he now owns most of the town.
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