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April 21, 2019

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Replica mining town outside Las Vegas sells for $25 million

Bonnie Springs Motel

Mikayla Whitmore

A look at Bonnie Springs Ranch in Las Vegas, NV on June 25, 2016.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Various animals at the Bonnie Springs Ranch on July 19, 2015. Launch slideshow »

An "Old Nevada" replica mining town outside Las Vegas has been sold for $25 million.

Bonnie Springs Ranch started off as a wagon train pit stop in 1834 and grew into a tourist attraction featuring mock Wild West gunfights. It welcomed visitors until last weekend.

A developer plans to divvy up the property into sites for homes, a motel, a restaurant and an outdoor amphitheater.

One organization that rescues farm animals wants to rescue a chapel from the property.

Sharon Linsebardt tells Las Vegas television station KLAS she wants to preserve a part of history but also host weddings in the chapel.

Bonnie Springs Ranch was named for town founder Bonnie Levinson. She died in 2016 at age 94.

Her children have said they are comfortable with the planned development.