Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1969

Landmark Hotel, Las Vegas, 1969


The 1969 Steve Mcqueen Baja Hickey Race Truck.

Las Vegas Club, c. 1949-1953, 18 E. Fremont St. Photo: UNLV

Las Vegas, 1955 under the marquee of the Las Vegas Club. Photo: Loomis Dean

Atomic cloud seen from downtown Las Vegas. Nevada Test Site’s first nuclear experiment, seen here, was held on Jan. 27, 1951. Las Vegas embraced the nuclear age and billed it as an attraction. 

Downtown Las Vegas 1952 photo by Loomis Dean

The first hotel and casino in Las Vegas – Meadows Club, c. 1931. 

"A fashionable clubhouse located on the desert near Las Vegas, where gay throngs gather nightly to dine, dance and enjoy the romance and freedom of Nevada."

More than 10 years ahead of El Rancho Vegas and the Flamingo, Tony Cornero built the Meadows Club at Fremont St & Boulder Hwy weeks after gambling was legalized. The jointed burned and he went back to running illegal gambling boats in California before returning a few years later to open the SS Rex, downtown Vegas.

Las Vegas 1955 | Loomis Dean—Life

The Sahara, 1973.