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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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Family Feud: Havana vs. Las Vegas in the 1950s. Part 2

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The great Havana building boom of 1956-1958 saw the completion of the biggest, most extravagant hotel-casinos outside of Las Vegas.  First to be erected was the glittering Hotel Capri, a modern 19-story edifice with the novelty of a rooftop swimming … Continue reading

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Family Feud: Havana vs. Las Vegas in the 1950s. Part 1

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Before Castro’s revolution, Havana and Las Vegas were rivals for the title of “Monte Carlo of the Americas.” Cuba was exotic, tropical, wild, and close by.  Las Vegas was dry, dusty and remote.  In Cuba, the mob invested heavily in … 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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Supercool 1962 Las Vegas Dunes Concept Rendering

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I just found this incredible rendering of the Las Vegas Dunes Hotel from 1962 that shows the original concept by Chicago-based architect Milton M. Schwartz.  Compare this with the actual as-built hotel that I showed in my January 30, 2011 … Continue reading

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Dome of the Sea restaurant at the Las Vegas Dunes

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There have been many outrageously themed motels, hotels and restaurants constructed in Las Vegas these past 75 years but few have been as over-the-top fabulous as the Dome of the Sea.  Of everything ever to appear on the strip it … Continue reading

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