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On This Date: September 9, 2013 Zappos Moves to Downtown Las Vegas

September 9, 2017
Zappos-Cubicles

Zappos Cubicles allow for personalization

On this date, September 9, 2013, Zappos moves their headquarters into the old City Hall building in Downtown Las Vegas. Zappos original was from San Francisco, moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2004 and finally to Downtown Las Vegas.  Lead by Zappos CEO and guru, Tony Hsieh, who is considered in some circles as the Dalai Lama or Llama of DTLV.  Tony Hsieh, who also leads the Downtown Project, has been revitalizing downtown Las Vegas as a vibrant cultural and economic hotspot.

 

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Date: March 15, 2011

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On This Date: September 7, 1996 Tupac Shakur Shot in Las Vegas

September 7, 2017
tupac las vegas

Rapper Tupac Shakur shot and later died in Las Vegas

On September 7, 1996, after attending the Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson boxing match, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Rd. and Koval Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, where he died six days later from his wounds.

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On this Date September 3, 1954, The Showboat Hotel & Casino Opened on Boulder Highway

September 3, 2017

 

"Showboat Hotel and Casino 1961" by Ferris H. Scott of Santa Ana, CA - Scan of a 1961 postcard,

“Showboat Hotel and Casino 1961” by Ferris H. Scott of Santa Ana, CA – Scan of a 1961 postcard,

The Showboat Hotel & Casino opened on September 3, 1954, the hotel and casino was located at the north end of the Boulder Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. Orginally opened as the showboat (1954–2000). It was the first resort within Las Vegas city limits, it had 100 rooms on two floors.

n 1998, Harrah’s Entertainment bought Showboat, Inc. for $1.15 billion. Harrah’s interests were primarily in the Atlantic City and Chicago markets, however; the Las Vegas property did not fit with the company’s strategy. They sold the Showboat in 2000 for $23.5 million.
Castaways (2000–2004)

Harrah’s refused to sell the Showboat name, not wanting the Las Vegas property to be confused with Showboat Atlantic City, so they renamed it as the Castaways. The hotel consisted of a 19 story tower containing 445 rooms, a 80,000-square-foot casino and an adjacent RV park. Demolition began in July 2005, and the hotel tower was imploded on January 11, 2006.

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On This Date: September 2, 2014, The Delano Las Vegas Opens

September 2, 2017
TheHotel Delano

TheHotel is now the  Delano Hotel as of September 2, 2014

The Delano Las Vegas, formerly Thehotel at Mandalay Bay, is a 42-story 1,117 room luxury suite hotel owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, located at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip within the Mandalay Bay complex. It was renovated and re-branded as the Delano Las Vegas on September 2, 2014. The property originally opened on December 17, 2003 as Thehotel. The lettering  was identical to the “Mandalay Bay” letters at the top of the original tower. In 2006, the font and letting were changed to “THEhotel” to distinguish the property. Due note, the building for the hotel has the same white and gold look as them main Mandalay Bay property.

With the opening of the Delano Las Vegas, all of the 1,100 suites at the hotel were redesigned. There are new bars, lounges, restaurants and nightclubs.

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On This Date: September 2, 1948, The Thunderbird Hotel Opened on the Las Vegas Strip

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Thunderbird Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip (1950’s)

On September 2, 1948, the Thunderbird Hotel (1948-1976) was the fourth resort to open on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort had a Native American theme and featured portraits, a Navajo-based restaurant, the only bowling alley ever on the Strip, and a showroom.

The Thunderbird has the distinction of being the resort where singer Rosemary Clooney made her first appearance in Las Vegas in 1951, and where Judy Garland made her final Vegas appearance in 1965.

The Silverbird (1977-1981) opened on January 1, 1977. Four years later, Major Riddle sold the resort to Ed Torres, who also owned the Aladdin Hotel and Casino. Torres renamed the Silverbird to the El Rancho, named after the nearby El Rancho Vegas, which burnt down in 1960.

On August 31, 1982, the El Rancho Casino opened its doors.  Rodney Dangerfield opened the “Rodney’s Place” comedy club inside the El Rancho in 1982.

The El Rancho Casino closed on July 6, 1992 and on October 3, 2000, the old resort was imploded.

El Rancho

El Rancho once was the Thunderbird then the Silverbird

Photo by (Thunderbird): http://digital.library.unlv.edu:81/u?/sky,2171

Photo by (El Rancho): Wikipedia.org

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On This Date: September 1, 2011 the Plaza Re-opened in Downtown Las Vegas

September 1, 2017
Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

On this Date, September 1, 2011 the Plaza re-opened.

The original hotel, the Union Plaza, opened on July 2, 1971 with the owners including local businessmen: Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site. But the hotel portion closed on November 11, 2010.

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas – Sunrise

The hotel is famous In the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, the construction of the Union Plaza is visible in the background. In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, a model of the Plaza serves as the hotel tower.

The Union plaza closed on November 11, 2010 and re-opened about a year later on September 1, 2011 as the Plaza.

Photos by: LasVegas360.com

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