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Celebration of Vegas El Cortez Hotel/Casino on National Register of Historic Places

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A fabulous celebration occurred Thursday, May 9th in front of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  It was in honor of the property’s listing in the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the development … Continue reading

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The Mob, the El Cortez, and the Flamingo

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Gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931.  The first legal gambling clubs in Las Vegas were simply business as usual, with back room gambling relocated to the front room facing Fremont Street.  Locals were the main market, although other clubs, … Continue reading

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Back Room Gambling in the Good Ol’ Days

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In America for most of the 20th century, laying a bet was strictly illegal except at regulated horse and dog tracks and a few isolated outposts in the far West.  Just as with the banning of alcohol in the 1920s, … Continue reading

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Surreal Las Vegas Motels. My 1988 Music Video

I shot this video late one night with my friend Jerry Stefani in 1988.  We drove down the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street to capture the amazing neon-lit motels  that once were ubiquitous  but now have mostly vanished.  The … Continue reading

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