Update: As of 9/3/20, the Ramada by Wyndham Jean Hotel & Casino is closed.
Jean is the closest town to Primm. It is located twelve miles north of Primm, 32 miles south of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. Jean is largely a commercial area that has a casino, the Jean Conservation Camp, a minimum–security all–female prison operated by the Nevada Department of Corrections; a Nevada Highway Patrol substation; the Goodsprings Township Courthouse, and the main post office for the area.
Jean sits at an elevation of 2,841 feet. Jean is the location of the main post office for the 89019 zip code. The community was named after the wife of promoter George Fayle.
There are technically no residents in Jean but residents of Primm and nearby Sandy Valley may have "Jean" listed as the city in their mailing address as a result of the post office.
Las Vegas Boulevard ends about a mile south of Jean and can be taken as an alternate route to Las Vegas, in addition to Interstate 15, which has exits for Jean in both directions.
The Jean Airport, also known as the Jean Sport Aviation Center is just south of the community. It is popular with glider aviators and skydivers and is operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation.
The area north of this airport would be used for the proposed Ivanpah Valley Airport, which if constructed, would serve the Las Vegas area.
The first casino that opened in Jean was the Pop's Oasis Casino. It closed in 1988. Today, the Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall ("Gold Strike"), which opened in 1990, is the lone casino in Jean.
The Gold Strike is owned by MGM Mirage and has 811 rooms with several restaurants. It is an affordable option for travelers as rooms on most nights start at $29.
The Nevada Landing was a hotel and casino that closed in Jean in 2007. It was located on the west side of Interstate 15. The Nevada Lading was designed to resemble two riverboats and featured 303 guest rooms, over 800 slot machines, table games, wedding services, and four restaurants.
MGM closed the hotel/casino with the intention of building a master–planned community complete with housing, shops, restaurants, and a new hotel/casino. Those plans did not materialize.
In 2014, MGM sold the Gold Strike to JETT Gaming. They subsequently renovated the property, and also added an Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame and a movie cars display of vehicles from popular films such as Fast & Furious, Batman, and Back to the Future.
In 2018, the name of the property was changed from Gold Strike to Terrible's Hotel & Casino. It has 812 rooms.
More recently, the property again changed names to Ramada by Windham Jean Hotel & Casino.
The other big development in Jean was that in 2018 a massive travel center opened. It's billed as the world's largest Chevron station and features an expanse of 96 pumps, and a 50,000 square feet of retail space with a convenience store and a White Castle restaurant.The travel center is on the west side of I-15 across the highway from the Terrible's truck stop.