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.