Category: Locals

On This Date: July 15, 1999 The JW Marriott in Summerlin Opens

July 15, 2017

The Resort at Summerlin

The Resort at Summerlin

JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Summerlin quietly opened its doors on July 15, 1999. It was described as Las Vegas’ first off-Strip luxury resort, according to its developers. The original Regent Casino was re-branded as the Rampart Casino in 2002.

The Resort at Summerlin is a luxury hotel in Summerlin, Nevada, near Las Vegas. The 50-acre resort was designed using a Tuscan/Tropical theme. Golf was a component of the project from the start as it acquired tee times at the adjacent Tournament Players Club course with direct access from the resort.

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On This Date: June 10, 1997, Sunset Station Hotel & Casino Opened in Henderson

June 10, 2017
Sunset Station

Sunset Station opened June 10, 1997

On this date, June 10, 1997, Sunset Station hotel and casino opened after a large firework show at 9:30 pm. The property is located in Henderson, Nevada. Sunset Station is an off-strip locals casino located on Sunset Road near Interstate 515, across from the Galleria at Sunset shopping center. The hotel & casino cost $198 million and is the forth Vegas property owned by Stations Casino Inc. The company also owns and operates Palace Station, Boulder Station and Texas Station hotel-casinos in Las Vegas, as well as hotel-casinos in Kansas City and St. Charles, Mo.

The resort includes a 21-story hotel tower with 448 rooms, 13,000 sq ft of meeting space, slot machines, table games, a 13-screen movie theater, a 542-seat bingo hall, a 72-lane bowling alley open 24 hours a day, a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, and nine restaurants.

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On This Date: June 3, 1964 UNLV hold its first Commencement Ceremony

June 3, 2017
UNLV Special Collections

June 3, 1964 first graduating class from Nevada Southern (UNLV)

On this date: June 3, 1964, Nevada Southern, later named University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), holds first commencement ceremony as 29 students graduate in the “Centennial Class” as Nevada turned 100 years old.

Gov. Grant Sawyer, addressed the first graduating class at Nevada Southern at ceremonies on the Maryland Parkway campus, which saw 29 graduates receive their diplomas.

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On this Date: June 2, 1966 The Four Queens Hotel & Casino Opened in Downtown Las Vegas

June 2, 2017
4 Queens in downtown Las Vegas

4 Queens in Downtown Las Vegas

Construction began on the Four Queens Hotel and Casino November 16, 1964. The hotel & casino opened on June 2, 1966 in Downtown Las Vegas on Fremont Street. The casino is named after the builder Ben Goffstein’s four daughters, Faith, Hope, Benita, and Michele. It originally contained only 120 rooms and a 20,000 sq. ft. casino.

Today the casino occupies the entire block bordered by Fremont St, Casino Center, Third Street, and Carson Avenue. The hotel has 690 rooms and a expanded casino of 50,000 sq. ft. The Four Queens was also a partner in renovating the downtown area and creating the Fremont Street experience.

The Four Queens is currently by TLC Casino Enterprises, Inc.

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On This Date: June 2, 1971, The Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility opened

Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility

Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility – 1971

On June 2, 1971, the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility (AMSWTF) opened, capable of treating and distributing up to 400 million gallons of potable water a day to the Las Vegas Valley. Until 1970, Southern Nevada had drawn all of its drinking water from ground wells tapped in the Old Las Vegas Springs. AMSWTF is located next to Lake Mead Near Saddle Island. When the springs dried-up, unable to keep pace with the region’s growth, the Las Vegas Valley Water District decided to draw water from Lake Mead.  Today, improvements over the years to the facility has enhanced the plant’s reliability and increased capacity to be able to treat 600 million gallons a day.

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On this Date: May 31, 2000, the Golden Nugget and all of Steve Wynn’s other Strip properties where sold to Kirk Kerkorian

May 31, 2017
Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

On May 31, 2000, the Golden Nugget (and all of Steve Wynn’s other properties) was sold to Kirk Kerkorian; the consolidated corporation was known as MGM Mirage and has been the largest casino corporation in Las Vegas since that date.

The Mirage

The Mirage

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

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Clément Bardot (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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