Vintage Las Vegas

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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!

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Downtown Las Vegas – the original Strip – Fremont Street.

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

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The Stardust, early 1960s.

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Downtown Las Vegas – around 1950.

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

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1950s.

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1950s.

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

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Gamblers enjoying the roulette wheel, late 1940s.

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Fremont Street in the late 1950s.

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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.

    Shauna
    http://www.mid-centurygirl.blogspot.co.uk

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