Westward Ho – late 20th century Las Vegas Strip at it’s tackiest. Opened in 1971 between the Stardust & Circus Circus. Demolished in 2005 and replaced by a McDonalds.
"Westward Ho blew my mind. The world’s largest two story dive motel. $1 craps, $3 shot of jack and a beer … supposed to be limited to 2 a night, but the bartenders never cared. Best part about the Ho might have been Lamar ‘The Hat man’ Harris. Guy wore a bunch of silly hats and sang old country songs, dirty songs and comedy songs." Westward Ho – late 20th century Las Vegas Strip at it’s tackiest. Opened in 1971 between the Stardust & Circus Circus. Demolished in 2005 and replaced by a McDonalds.
"Westward Ho blew my mind. The world’s largest two story dive motel. $1 craps, $3 shot of jack and a beer … supposed to be limited to 2 a night, but the bartenders never cared. Best part about the Ho might have been Lamar ‘The Hat man’ Harris. Guy wore a bunch of silly hats and sang old country songs, dirty songs and comedy songs."

Westward Ho – late 20th century Las Vegas Strip at it’s tackiest. Opened in 1971 between the Stardust & Circus Circus. Demolished in 2005 and replaced by a McDonalds.

"Westward Ho blew my mind. The world’s largest two story dive motel. $1 craps, $3 shot of jack and a beer … supposed to be limited to 2 a night, but the bartenders never cared. Best part about the Ho might have been Lamar ‘The Hat man’ Harris. Guy wore a bunch of silly hats and sang old country songs, dirty songs and comedy songs."

Snapshot: Kit Carson Motel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1956. Overtaken by the Desert Inn, now the Encore.

Snapshot: Kit Carson Motel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1956. Overtaken by the Desert Inn, now the Encore.

Downtown Las Vegas, early 1960s in Kodachrome

1999 – Panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip in front of Imperial Palace and O’Sheas, both closed 2012 and reopened as The Quad. 1999 – Panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip in front of Imperial Palace and O’Sheas, both closed 2012 and reopened as The Quad. 1999 – Panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip in front of Imperial Palace and O’Sheas, both closed 2012 and reopened as The Quad.

1999 – Panoramic view of the Las Vegas Strip in front of Imperial Palace and O’Sheas, both closed 2012 and reopened as The Quad.

The Las Vegas Strip, 1968. La Concha Motel, demolished in 2004, El Morocco Motel, demolished in 1983. Photo: Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown.

  1. Camera: NewcolorV2 2.9091904163 0.90919047594 2.7999999523 2.7999999523 0.15000000596

Downtown Las Vegas c. 1939 – Northern Club, current site of La Bayou on Fremont St.

Downtown Las Vegas, 1955. Fremont St at 2nd. Taken on the same day as this photo two blocks away. 

Downtown Las Vegas 1955. Fremont St at Main. Sal Sagev Hotel (right) is closed, soon to reopen as Golden Gate.

Fortune Club, downtown Las Vegas, c 1959. This was the second “Fortune Club” on Fremont St, taking the place of the “Golden Slot” club (1955-58).

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  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/71th
  4. Focal Length: 12mm

Downtown Las Vegas, 1949. Fremont St at 2nd – Golden Nugget, Eldorado Club, Boulder Club. Photo: John Manis (UNLV)