Las Vegas

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 […]

Red Rock Resort

On April 18th 2006, Red Rock Resort in Summerlin opened its doors. Named after the local Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, it was built at a cost of $925 million. It has a contemporary design involving a desert-themed influence, although there are touches of old style Las Vegas incorporating luxurious chandeliers, the one in […]

Joe Louis

On April 12th 1981, Joe Louis passed away in Las Vegas. Born in Lafayette, Alabama, in 1914, Joe and his family moved away from the discrimination they encountered when he was still young to settle in Detroit. Joe was world heavyweight champion for 12 years, when the average reign was just 3, starting from when […]

New Frontier Hotel and Casino

On April 4th 1955 the newly renamed Hotel New Frontier opened its doors after a major refurbishment. Located opposite where the Encore now stands, it had originally opened as the Last Frontier on Highway 91 a year, where once the Pair O’Dice had sat. Its slogan was ‘Out of this World’ with a futuristic-space styled […]

El Rancho Vegas

On April 3rd 1941, the El Rancho Vegas opened on Highway 91, (opposite today’s Sahara Hotel and Casino) on what was to become the Las Vegas Strip; the first large successful hotel and casino operation outside of downtown Las Vegas. The El Rancho Vegas was also the first true ‘resort’, built in an Old West […]
Portrait of Polly Gonzalez when she was news anchor at KLAS Channel.

Polly Gonzalez

Polly Gonzalez was the first Latina evening news anchor in Nevada.  she died March 28th 2005 in a car crash on the way to look at the desert wildflowers of Death Valley. Her two young daughters survived the accident. Born in San José, CA., where she also attended college, Polly began her career in Monterey. […]

Lilly Fong

Lilly Fong (1925-2002) nee Hing, was a champion for education throughout her lifetime. Lilly’s deep-rooted belief in education stemmed from her childhood, instilled by her parents.  Her father was known to quote the teachings of Confucius as he agreed that ‘education was the equalizer of all’ and she, along with her nine siblings, all would gain future college degrees.       Lilly met her husband Wing Fong, while she was studying at […]
Delphine Squires

Delphine Squires

Delphine Anderson Squires (1868-1961) was matriarch to one of the first families to settle in Las Vegas arriving after her husband in 1906. She possessed a determined pioneering spirit and was an important contributor to the city’s growth as a community. She was known locally as “Mom” and her husband, Charles, as “Pop” Squires. In […]