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On This Date October 18, 1968 Circus Circus Opened

October 18, 2013
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

Circus Circus opened on October 18, 1968. This circus themed Hotel & Casino has 3,773 rooms including a indoor 5 acre amusement park called the Adventuredome (formerly known as Grand Slam Canyon).

Circus Circus has the only RV park on the Strip providing additional accommodations in the 399 space park operated by Kampgrounds of America (KOA). Circus Circus Las Vegas is the largest permanent big top in the world.

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Daily Neon: Circus Circus Happy 44th Birthday

October 18, 2012
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

Circus Circus Hotel & Casino

On this day 44 years ago, Circus Circus opened on October 18, 1968. This circus themed Hotel & Casino has 3,773 room including a indoor 5 acre amusement park called the Adventuredome (formerly known as Grand Slam Canyon).

Circus Circus has the only RV park on the Strip providing additional accommodations in the 399 space park operated by Kampgrounds of America (KOA). Circus Circus Las Vegas is the largest permanent big top in the world.

Happy 44th Birthday!

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Virtual Strip Tour: Fashion Show Mall to the Stratosphere c.1999

July 10, 2011

Our tour of Las Vegas in 1999 continues down the Las Vegas Strip past Spring Mt. Road. This portian of the Strip has seen the biggest changes over the last 10 years. Right on this corner, the construction of the Palazzo,  and a complete remodel of the Fashion Show Mall.  New resorts sprang up Wynn, and Encore, and some removed and imploded. The following hotels were imploded between 1999-2010 The Desert Inn, Frontier, Stardust, and El Rancho.

Some of this change has not all been good. The Fontainebleau 85% complete went bankrupt and sits empty and partially complete. Where the Stardust stood, is the partially built Echelon Place, rusting away in the desert and the Sahara Hotel just recently closed (2011). On the upside, new non-gaming condos sprang up near the Riviera Hotel area and Donald Trump finally got a Hotel/Condo in Vegas but not a coveted gambling establishment.

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On the corner of Spring Mountain Road and the Las Vegas “STRIP”.

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The Fashion Show Mall (c. 1999)

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The Dive Restaurant at the Fashion Show Mall located at Spring Mountain Road and Las Vegas Blvd.

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The Fashion Show Mall looking toward the Frontier Hotel and Casino.

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The New Frontier Hotel across the street from the Desert Inn

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The Desert Inn

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The Desert Inn and the Frontier

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The Desert Inn

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The Stardust Hotel

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The Stardust Hotel

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The Stardust Hotel

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The Riviera Hotel

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The Riviera Hotel & the West Ward Ho

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The Riviera Hotel home of the Crazy Girls

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The Riviera Hotel & the West Ward Ho, Note: This is a tribute to the Crazy Girls Show ad campaign that was featured on billboards and taxis around Las Vegas, forever immortalized in bronze.  (NO “IFs” “Ands” OR…)

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The Riviera Hotel across the street from Circus Circus.

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Circus Circus

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The Algiers across from the Riviera and Circus Circus.

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This was the original Thunder Bird Hotel, was renamed to the Silverbird then to the El Rancho (imploded in 2000).  Across the street the original El Rancho, the very first hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, opened on April 3, 1941 it was later destroyed by fire in 1960.

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This was the Las Vegas’ first water park (Wet and Wild) now closed.

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This spot was the where the original El Ranch Hotel & Casino stood. the only thing left here is a few trees- and this photo was taken 40 years after the fire burn it to the ground. The Sahara Hotel, Stratosphere Tower and Wet ‘n Wild stands in the background.

Click to view Hi-res Las Vegas 360 imageThe Sahara Hotel and Casino just closed in 2011 and still looks like this.

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Sahara Hotel & Casino

Click to view Hi-res Las Vegas 360 imageIn front of the Sahara Hotel and Casino

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On the corner of Sahara and The Strip, Sahara Hotel, Holy Cow Brewery (closed), and the World’s largest Gift Shop (still there)

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Up the street, heading north is the base of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, once own by a character named Bob Stupak who build the first hotel there called Vegas World.

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