Vintage Las Vegas


As some of you may know, I lived in Las Vegas for two years before moving back here to NYC. I have a special place in my heart for Vegas, and I look back on it fondly although it was a tough area in my life at the time.

I have been wanting to do a vintage Las Vegas post for a little while now, and I can mix my love for Vegas along with my live for vintage. I found some great pictures from the 1940s through the early 1960s that I wanted to share, and I thought you all would certainly enjoy to see Vegas when it was just starting to become a huge gambling and entertainment center!


Downtown Las Vegas – the original Strip – Fremont Street.


Fremont Street lot up at night, circa 1950s. The Golden Nugget and Pioneer Club are still there.


The Stardust, early 1960s.


Downtown Las Vegas – around 1950.


Another vantage point of Fremont Street, either late ’40s or early ’50s.






The Sahara was the sixth hotel to open on the current day modern Strip on 07 October 1952.


Gamblers enjoying the roulette wheel, late 1940s.


Fremont Street in the late 1950s.


This is from when the Tropicana Hotel was being built on the “new” strip “Las Vegas Boulevard) in 1957.

3 comments on “Vintage Las Vegas

  1. What an awesome look back at Vegas during its mid-century heyday. I’ve never been, but I’ve always wanted to. As a teenager, I remember often thinking about what it would be like to run off to Vegas, live in a dive hotel, and pound away at a typewriter, channeling my inner Hunter S. Thompson all the while. That still appeals to me, but so does seeing the city and exploring its rich history as a tourist, too.

    ā™„ Jessica

  2. Shauna says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog and the first post I see is about Vegas – I love Vegas! I live in England but have visited Las Vegas twice on holidays and I absolutely loved the place!! It’s great seeing these old photos, especially as the city has changed so much since then.


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