History of Las Vegas

Las Vegas History

Las Vegas History

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Old Las Vegas Photos

Old Las Vegas Photos

History of the Strip

History of the Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas developed in 1905 as a major midway point on the railroad between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

Then in the 1940's, the success of the El Rancho Las Vegas Hotel triggered a small building boom including construction of several hotel-casinos fronting on a two-lane highway leading into Las Vegas from Los Angeles.

Entertainment, along with gambling, built Las Vegas' reputation as a play land getaway of the world. When the El Rancho Vegas was the only resort on the Las Vegas Strip in 1941, singers, comedians, strippers, instrumentalists, dancers and a wide variety of performers were booked to entertain hotel guests in the resort's small, intimate showroom.

The Las Vegas hotel casinos that followed copied the successful star format for a number of years, eventually adding Las Vegas promo codes to the mix as well.

The Las Vegas Boom

When Las Vegas Started Booming

The stretch of road where the El Rancho Hotel in Las Vegas planted itself evolved into today's Las Vegas Strip. Early hotels included the Last Frontier, Thunderbird (Still standing as the Arubu Hotel & Spa) and Club Bingo.

In the late 50's the casinos really start rising. In 1957, the Mint Casino was added and the Golden Nugget Las Vegas installed its neon, Victorian styled, bull-nose facade.

The famous neon lights in Las Vegas were populating downtown and the Strip. Las Vegas was officially booming.

Lucky Strike, in late 1962, added its tower sign - arguably the most outdated 'new' structure ever built in Las Vegas (using styling more suited to a 1940s pulp science fiction magazine - than the Space-Age 60s).

Recent Vegas History

Recent Las Vegas History

In early 1962, Binions added its much more modern and futuristic facade, which has remained stylish even up to 2007.

In the late 1960's, the Golden Nugget bought out the Lucky Strike in Las Vegas and extended its casino all the way to First Street.

In 1988, Binions, likewise, bought out the Mint and extended its casino and facade down to First Street.

In 1991, the Golden Nugget tore off its neon facade and modernized its look with a Beverly Hills' style and palm trees on Fremont.

Today, the constant development on the Las Vegas Strip has created one of the most modern and revolutionary skylines on Earth.

Early Vegas Travel Info
  Hotel Info Nightly Rate*
1.

Region: South Strip, Strip

Mandalay Bay
4

The impressive Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino offers a world of possibilities in one of the most all-inclusive, luxurious resorts in Las Vegas. The giant complex truly offers something for everybody, from the 11-acre pool...

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Rates starting at
$95*



2.

Region: Off-Strip

Palms
4

The Palms Resort is one of the best party hotels in Las Vegas. Droves of trend-setters set out to stay at the hotel and experience upscale dining, nightlife and entertainment that is ammassed at the Palms. If you want to...

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Rates starting at
$84 you pay $55*



3.

Region: Strip

ARIA
5

One of the freshest faces on the Strip belongs to the Aria, a curvillinear wonder in the heart of CityCenter. With state-of-the-art guest rooms and an earth friendly philosophy, the Aria Resort and Casino stands alone in...

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Rates starting at
$239 you pay $239*



4.

Region: Strip

MGM Grand
4

Surprises await around every corner for visitors to the massive MGM Grand. Excellent attractions and the hottest pool party in the city, Wet Republic, make for an exciting and unique visit to one of the largest hotels on...

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Rates starting at
$168*



5.

Region: Off-Strip, Strip

The Signature Las Vegas
4

Providing luxury accommodations, The Signature at MGM Grand perfect for families. The rooms feature a fully-equipped kitchen and a spacious bathroom with a jetted tub. While The Signature is a non-gambling, non-smoking...

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Rates starting at
$133 you pay $132*



6.

Region: Henderson, Off-Strip, Southeast

Green Valley Ranch
4

Green Valley Ranch Resort is ideal for a spa weekend getaway. After indulging in a Seaweed Detox Wrap at the on-site spa, guests can retreat to their deluxe rooms with beds featuring highend Frette linens.


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Rates starting at
$78 you pay $77*



7.

Region: North Strip, Strip

Circus Circus
3

For family-friendly fun for your Las Vegas vacation, the Circus Circus offers more entertainment options than any other hotel on the Strip. From the world's largest permanent circus to Adventuredom, a huge indoor theme...

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Rates starting at
$43 you pay $26*



8.

Region: South Strip, Strip

NY NY
4

Transport yourself from the Nevada desert to the heart of Manhattan at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. The unmistakable facade features replicas of the Big Apple's brightest stars including the Statue of Liberty...

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Rates starting at
$105 you pay $105*



9.

Region: Strip

Mirage
4

From the moment you experience your first volcano eruption standing in front of the sprawling resort and casino, you'll know this Las Vegas vacation is sure to be unforgettable. The Mirage Resort and Casino offers...

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Rates starting at
$109*



10.

Region: Strip

Bellagio
5

Besides the world famous fountain show happening in front of the hotel, the Bellagio Hotel and Casino offers a world of possibilites inside its doors as well. From the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art to the stunning Cirque...

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Rates starting at
$189*



11.

Region: Strip

Monte Carlo
4

The French-Riviera inspired Monte Carlo Resort and Casino attracts guests looking to escape into a world of class and luxury, with fine dining, a high stakes casino and a strong line-up of Las Vegas headliners. The...

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Rates starting at
$97*



12.

Region: Off-Strip

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations for vacationers looking to party. A meal at their excellent restaurant Nobu is a great starting point for an unforgettable even in their...

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Rates starting at
$99*



Old Las Vegas Videos and Photos

Las Vegas is the most populous city founded in the 20th Century. Even though this city rose from the desert so recently, the history of Las Vegas is still a fascinating story to tell. Below are some of our best Las Vegas photos from the early days of Las Vegas. There are also a couple old Las Vegas videos from the 50's and 60's. This is a great way to see what the modern city of Las Vegas looked like back 50 years ago. Las Vegas has now famously evolved into a modern metropolis where the most cutting edge trends in architecture, food and clubbing begin.

Stardust Las Vegas at Night

Golden Nugget Old Las Vegas Strip


1950's Las Vegas Video

 

Old Las Vegas Pools


1960's Las Vegas Video