las vegas, 2000
Las Vegas strip, 1963 looking over the Sands. Today, Treasure Island and the Venetian occupy these spaces.
Flamingo Hotel, 1946. This is the original Flamingo Hotel, opened by Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, December 26, 1946. The resort was a flop and would close in less than a month, before reopening in Spring ‘47. Siegel was killed June 1947. Photo via UNLV.
Golden Nugget on Fremont St, Las Vegas, June 15, 1960. Photo by Walter Reed.
Dunes, Las Vegas, May 1960. Dunes Hotel opened during a mid-1950s casino building boom, and soon became one of its casualties. Over the next four decades, the Dunes would survive a succession of owners, allegations of hidden mob ownership, and marginal profits before it was destroyed to make way for the Bellagio Hotel. Photo by Major Pepperidge.