casinos

El Cortez opening in 1941

On November 7th 1941 the El Cortez Hotel and Casino opened it doors. It promoted itself as “The new Uptown Hotel in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas,” and the city’s largest and most fashionable resort, playing a vital role in the economic development of Fremont Street. Originally constructed for $325,000, the Spanish Ranch style […]

Kay Starr

On November 3rd 2016, singer and dancer Kay Starr passed away. An occasional performer at the Las Vegas Strip casinos, Kay also sang at Harry S. Truman’s presidential inauguration in 1945. She went on to achieve gold with her signature song ‘Wheel of Fortune’. Kay could tackle almost every genre of song, from pop to rock […]

Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino

#OnThisDay in 1966 Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino opened with a lavish launch party that reportedly cost $1,000,000! At the time Caesars Palace was the largest hotel ever built as a single unified project in Nevada.  It had 700 rooms across 14 crescent-shaped floors, although some were still being built when it first opened its […]

Four Queens Hotel and Casino

On June 2nd 1966 the Four Queens Hotel & Casino opened on Fremont Street, downtown Las Vegas. The casino was named after the four daughters of the founder and president Ben Goffstein. In turn, they were named after a queen from a pack of cards: Michele (the eldest) was the Queen of Spades, Benita the […]

Dunes Hotel and Casino

On 23 May 1955 the Dunes Hotel and Casino opened – the 10th resort on the Strip, and Las Vegas was booming! Two other casinos had opened in the previous month, the Riviera and Royal Nevada, and the off-Strip Moulin Rouge was planned for the following day. The Dunes was themed on the stories of […]
Exterior of the Venetian Hotel and Casino on opening day

Venetian Hotel and Casino

On May 3rd, 1999, the Venetian Hotel and casino opened its doors to the sounds of trumpets and singing gondoliers! The Venetian is located where the Sands Hotel and Casino used to stand. Construction started in 1997 and the final building comprised of 3,036 rooms, was 35 storys high and eventually cost $1.5 billion – making […]
Exterior of Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Hotel and Casino

Desert Inn Hotel and Casino

On April 24th 1950, Wilbur Clark’s Desert Inn opened its doors and became the fifth major resort on the Strip. While it had taken a couple of years to complete the construction due to money troubles, the final building was a place of luxury and offered 300 hotel rooms. The resort also provided views of […]