|June 10, 1962 - Ed Preston, a "jazz drummer who laid down his sticks to become a multi-million dollar oil man", along with 15 other people, apply for a 50 machine and five table gaming license. (Nevada State Journal - June 10, 1962)
June 29, 1962 - Black Gold Club opens in the Arlington Hotel, Carson City. Ed Preston is the owner, and the name Black Gold was picked by him to remind him of his days in the oil business. Upon opening, the Black Gold Club is just a bar and restaurant. Gaming was planned to come after the opening. (Nevada State Journal - July 1, 1962)
The Arlington Hotel was located on the 500 block of North Carson Street between the U.S. Mint and the current Cactus Jack's, and is across the street from the Carson City Nugget. It is now a parking lot and ice rink in the winter. The Black Gold Club was at 510 N. Carson Street.
September 18, 1962 - Ed Preston and his 15 partners withdraw their gaming license application. (Reno Evening Gazette - September 18, 1962)
August 20, 1963 - Henry Louie, Edward J. Mooney, and Brigit Preston apply for a gaming license. (Nevada State Journal, August 20, 1963)
September 25, 1963 - The Nevada Gaming Commission deferred the application by Henry Louie, E.J. Mooney, and Brigit Preston to invest in the Black Gold Club.
The 1964 Carson City directory shows the Black Gold Club being open at 510 N. Carson Street, with Edwadr J Mooney as the manager, phone number 882-3121.
May 4, 1964 - Henry Louie, Edwar