Snapshot: The Las Vegas Strip, c. late 1960s

Snapshot: the Sands, Las Vegas Strip c. late 1960s

Snapshot: Sahara on the Las Vegas Strip, c. late 60s. 

Downtown Las Vegas, c. 1950

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 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

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 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Thunderbird Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, c. 1948 Thunderbird Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, c. 1948

Thunderbird Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, c. 1948

Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, 1968 | Opened in 1948, the fourth resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The front man was Lt Gov Clifford A. Jones; hidden partners were Meyer Lansky & the mob.

The hotel changed hands and declined in the 70s. Renamed the Silverbird in 1976. Demolished in 2000. The (unfinished) Fountainebleau hotel occupies this space today. Location

Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas, 1968. Photo by Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown

Paris Lido show at the Stardust Hotel, Las Vegas, 1958. Photo by Ralph Crane for Life

Pioneer Club, Las Vegas, 1983. Photo by Frank Romero.