Category: The Strip

On This Date: July 16, 2007 The New Frontier Hotel & Casino Closed

July 16, 2014
The New Frontier was a hotel and casino

The New Frontier Hotel and Casino Closed in July 16, 2007

The New Frontier Hotel & Casino was the second resort that opened on the Las Vegas Strip and operated continuously from October 30, 1942 until it closed its doors for good at 12:00 A.M. on July 16, 2007.

The resort had the distinction of hosting Elvis Presley’s first Vegas appearance in 1956, and the final performance of Diana Ross and The Supremes on January 14, 1970.

The building was demolished on November 13, 2007. In 2007, A new hotel casino, tentatively titled the Las Vegas Plaza, was proposed to be built in its place but those plan were scuttled in 2011.

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On This Date July 13, 1974 Bob Stupak Opens Vegas World

July 13, 2014
Bob Stupak's Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Bob Stupak’s Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Vegas World was a casino/hotel opened in 1979 on Las Vegas Boulevard owned and operated by Bob Stupak. It was also signed as Bob Stupak’s Vegas World.

Stupak bought the land on which he would eventually build Vegas World with money he raised himself and from his father’s friends. On March 31, 1974, he built a small slot joint called Bob Stupak’s World Famous Historic Gambling Museum. Although, on May 21, the place burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.

After the fire he managed to persuade Valley Bank to lend him more than $1 million to complete what would be known as Vegas World. Vegas World opened on Friday, July 13, 1979 with 102 rooms, with the motto “The Sky’s The Limit”. Bob Stupak developed weird and original rules for traditional games, like double exposure  21, where the dealer would deal both of his card face up. Another of his successful promotions was his direct-mail coupons offering value packages, and his ad were often seen in the back pages of magazines like the National Enquirer.

At its peak, Vegas World made $100 million a year in gambling revenues.

Vegas World is remembered by some as one of Vegas’s most unusual and quirky casinos. Vegas World closed on February 1, 1995, in order to make room for its successor, the Stratosphere, Stupak’s dream project. Stupak died in September 2009.

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Las Vegas – History of Water Parks

July 4, 2014

Roulette Rapids on Boulder Highway

Roulette Rapids- late 70′s. Man made dirt hill with 3 concrete chutes, with plywood berm protectors. At some point- helmets became required. place was awesome. I remember, my best friend getting a paint chip under his finger nail while sliding down.

Hydrotubes - Was located at the Clark County Community College. Three 6′ tall tube on a 3 story steel structure.

Wet n’ Wild - (Las Vegas Strip Wet ‘n Wild was a 27-acre water park located on the Las Vegas Strip. The park opened in 1984 and closed in 2004.

Wet’n’Wild- West side of town (Spring Valley /South Summerlin area) opened May 25, 2013

Cowabunga Bay – Henderson, Opened July 4, 2014

Wet'n'Wild Before opening in May of 2013

Cowabunga Bay (Henderson) wave Pool getting ready to open up.

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On This Date: July 2, 1969 The International Hotel in Las Vegas Opened

July 2, 2014
Las Vegas Hilton

Opened as the International, then renamed to the Las Vegas Hilton, LVH then Westgate

It opened in 1969 as the International Hotel, and was known for many years as the Las Vegas Hilton, then briefly as the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas on July 1, 2014. Elvis Presley performed for 58 consecutive sold out shows, breaking all Vegas attendance records, with stellar reviews coming from both critics and the public.

On the night of February 10, 1981, just 90 days after the devastating MGM Grand fire, an arson set fire to the Las Vegas Hilton on the eighth floor. The fire burned through the east wing of the hotel and spread to higher floors. Eight people died in this fire. In 1982, Philip Cline was sentenced to eight life sentences for his role in starting the fire. The hotel is now known as the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

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On This Date: July 2, 1958 The Stardust Hotel & Casino Opened


The Famous Stardust Hotel & Casino Sign

On this Date, July 2, 1958, The Stardust Resort and Casino opened along the famous Las Vegas Strip. When the hotel opened, it had the largest casino and swimming pool in Nevada and the it was the largest hotel in the Las Vegas area. Although most of the modern casino complex, including its main 32-story tower, was built in 1991. The Stardust was originally a outer space themed hotel with planets, stars and galaxies on its facade.

Stardust Postcard

Stardust Postcard With the Orginal Spaced Themed Facade

But most remember the 188 foot tall neon sign that represented a shower of stardust around the words STARDUST. In 1991, the Stardust sign’s spaced themed lettering was replaced with a subdued typeface.

The Stardust officially closed on November 1, 2006 after operating continuously for 48 years. It was imploded on March 13, 2006

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On This Date: June 30, 1996,The Sands Hotel & Casino Closed

June 30, 2014
Sands Hotel & Casino

Sands Hotel & Casino A Place in the Sun

On this date the Sands Hotel & Casino Closed, June 30, 1996. The Historic hotel was the seventh hotel to open on the famous Las Vegas Strip on December 15, 1952. The Sands was was owned by Howard Hughes in the mid 1960′s.


Sands Hotel & Casino witht the Famous Rat Pack names on the Marquee

The original movie, Ocean’s 11 was filmed at the Sands and during this time movie stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford performed at the Copa Room. This is considered the birthplace of the “Rat Pack” and it was called the “Summit at the Sands”.  Another Famous lounge act was that of Louis Prima who performed at the Sands in the ’60s and early ’70s. The hotel was closed on June 30, 1996 and later imploded on November 26, 1996. The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino now resides at the Sands former location.

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