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Celebrities and Entertainment

Copagirl Linda Lawson as "Mis-Cue", wearing A-Bomb crown to illustrate another mis-firing of the Operation Cue Bomb. (1955) She is surrounded by servicemen (Collection # 0287,Photo # 0180).
"Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. c. 1959-1960 (Sands Collection # 0287, Photo # 0391)
 
Parade float, "Nevada's First Atomic Bomb (Collection # 0107, Photo # 0018)
Tony Bennett and Lena Horne at the Sahara Hotel and Casino ca. late 1970’s (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0206)
 
Arden at work
Revue show impresario Donn Arden shows his showgirls how its done. Arden brought the first topless revue, the Stardust's Lido de Paris, to the Strip in 1958 (Collection # 0328, Photo # 0149).
Wilbur Clark (left) and Elvis Presley Ca. late 1950's (Collection # 0302, Photo # 0248)
 
Copagirl Linda Lawson as "Mis-Cue" wearing A-Bomb Crown. (1955) She is surrounded by servicemen (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0181).
Tony Bennett performing at the Sahara Hotel and Casino ca. late 1970’s (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0205)
   
L-R: Moe Dalitz, Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Wilbur and Toni Clark, Cecil Simmons, Joe Franks (standing behind W. Clark) ca. late 1950's (Collection # 0302, Photo # 0156)
The Sands' tram used to transport guests around the property Ca. early 1950's (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0094).
Mr. and Mrs. Hoot Gibson (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0093) Nancy and Ronald Reagan at Lake Mead 1954 (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0089).
Rita Hayworth and Dick Haynes at their wedding at the Sands 1953 (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0559). Jerry Lewis and Jayne Mansfield clowning around in the Sands pool for the Sands' 4th Anniversary 1956 (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0599).
Tom Jones, Priscilla Presley, and Elvis Presley at an unknown location (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0032). Anthony Spilotro with his attorney, Oscar Goodman (right) April 1, 1980 (Collection # 0277, Photo # 0652).
Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal Ca. 1970s (Collection # 0277, Photo # 0991).
Liberace stars at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1970s (Collection # 0049, 0281).
Publicity photo of Barry Manilow for his appearance at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada 1977 (Collection # 0049, 0315) A “Viva Las Vegas” dance sequence which was filmed at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas gym in June 1964. Left to Right: Ann Margaret and Elvis Presley (Collection # 0062, 0598).
John F. Kennedy and his brother-in-law Peter Lawford at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. late 1950s/early 1960s (Collection # 0287, 0001). Lena Horne performing at the Sand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. early 1960s (Collection # 0287, 0005).
Jimmy Hoffa at left with his party at the opening of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada 1966 (Collection # 0333, 0105). Evil Kneivel jumping the fountains at Caesar's Palace New Year's Eve 1967 (Yesco Box 14 Folder 10).

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Early Las Vegas

First State Bank of Las Vegas
Close-up of Las Vegas children in the snow (Collection # 0003, Photo # 0020.
First State Bank of Las Vegas. (c.1905) (Collection # 0214, Photo # 0166).
 
Early Las Vegas. Fremont Street (Union Pacific Railroad Collection # 0043, Photo # 0142)
Arizona Club, Las Vegas (Helen J. Stewart Collection # 0104, Photo # 0088)
 
Las Vegas Fort
Las Vegas School Yard
Ranch house south wall of Las Vegas Fort (Collection # 0104, Photo # 0030).
Las Vegas School, flag pole ceremony, ca 1915-16 (Collection # 0010, Photo # 0023).
 
Paiute Wickiup
Southern Paiute wickiups, 1877 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0272).
Union Pacific Railroad Passenger Depot, Las Vegas, Nevada 1924 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0143)
Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada 1912 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0317)
The train depot in Las Vegas c. early 1900s (Collection # 0001 Album 2, 15.1)
Union Pacific Depot upon completion in 1906 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0139)
Fremont street , Las Vegas, Nevada (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0142)
McCarran
McCarran Field was the original air gateway to Las Vegas. Special Collections has many resources for Las Vegas's transportation infrastructure (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0004).
Clark Townsite map (Collection # 0171, 0018).
Original First Methodist Church, 3rd and Bridger, Las Vegas, Nevada 1909 (Collection # 0014, 0622). Las Vegas High School and surrounding area (Collection # 0014, 0114).
Clark's Las Vegas Townsite Auction (Collection # 0001, Album 3 4.1). Old Las Vegas Fort November 9, 1929 (Collection # 0214, 0449).

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Fremont Street

Fremont Street
Fremont Street at night, intersection, 2nd, looking west (Collection # 0100, Photo # 0020). Color postcard of Fremont Street with mushroom cloud in Middle of Photo directly above UPRR Depot, dusk (Harmon Family Collection # 0182, Photo # 0041)
   
Helldorado
Atomic bomb test - mushroom cloud with Fremont Street Casinos in foreground. April 18, 1953 (Las Vegas News Bureau Coll # 0049, Photo # 0414) The Helldorado Parade was an annual event in Las Vegas for many years. Here are the Tropicana's showgirls, promoted as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" (Collection # 0245, Photo # 0004).
Horseshoe Club, Mint Hotel, Hotel Fremont in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada 1966 (Collections # 0318, Photo # 0033) Fremont Street. Las Vegas, Nevada 1924 (Collection # 0008, Photo # 0334)
Fremont Street, looking west. At end of street is the San Pedro Los Angeles Salt Lake (SP, LA & SL) Railroad Depot. Las Vegas, Nevada c. 1920's (Collection # 0097, Photo # 0062). Fremont Street between Main and 1st Street, looking east. Las Vegas, Nevada ca. 1930's (Collection # 100, Photo # 0034)
Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada 1912 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0317) Benny Binion (center) is standing in front of his Horseshoe Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada April 17, 1968 (Collection # 0318, Photo # 0005).
Chill Wills (2nd from the left) and Jack Binion (2nd from the right) are pictured in front of the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Hotel Fremont is pictured at the far right (Collection # 0318, Photo # 0034). The Sands Hotel and Casino's float at the Helldorado Days parade on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1950 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0246).
Horse-drawn stagecoaches at the Helldorado Days parade on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1950 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0251). The marching band at the Helldorado Days parade on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1950 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0249).
The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino's float at the Helldorado Days parade on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1950 (Collection # 0043, 0248). A night scene on Fremont Street. The Overland Hotel, Jack Pot Arcade, Las Vegas Club, Hotel Fremont, The Mint, Lucky Strike Club, Las Vegas Vic, The Golden Gate, and the Hotel Sal Sagev are pictured Ca. late 1960's (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0084).
The Sahara Hotel and Casino's float at the Helldorado Days parade on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1950 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0250). Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada at night between Main and 1st Street looking east Ca. 1940s-1950s (Collection # 100, Photo # 0036).
Fremont Street looking west. The San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad Depot is shown 1909 (Collection # 0204, Photo # 0033). Fremont Street and 2nd Street (now Casino Center Blvd.) in 1918. The White Cross Drug Store and the sign for the Majestic Theatre are pictured (Collection # 0204, Photo # 0037).
Fremont Street east of the Main Street intersection. The Bank of Southern Nevada and the Northern Club are pictured Ca. early 1920s (Collection # 0204, Photo # 0043). Left to Right: Sam Petrillo and David Sklanskyat the World Series of Poker at the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada 1974 (Collection # 0318, 0086).
Left to Right: Johnny Moss, Becky Binion, and Puggy Pearson. The World Series of Poker at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada 1974 (Collection # 0318, 0079). Amarillo Slim Preston shown during the World Series of Poker Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada 1974 (Collection # 0318, 0085).
Fremont Street, Union Pacific Depot Park Ca. 1930 (Collection # 0043, 0002) The first depot, San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake coach, No. 12 at Las Vegas, Nevada 1905 (Collection # 0008, 0004).

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Gaming

Doyle Brunson, or the Texas Dolly, is seated at the end of the table. He just won $300,000 in the 7th World Series of Poker event held at the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada 1976 (Collection # 0318, Photo # 0057). The famous floating craps table located in the swimming pool at the Sands Hotel and Casino ca. 1960's (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0067).
El Morroco craps
WSOP 1976
Craps game in the El Morroco on the Westside of Las Vegas in the 1950s, as detailed in the oral history of Clarence Ray (Collection # 0326, Photo # 0004). Championship table at the World Series of Poker, 1976, taken from the Binion's Horseshoe collection (Collection #0318, photo # 0057).

 

The Sands' customers gambling in the pool 1954. The famous floating craps table, blackjack table, and slot machines are pictured (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0178). A gambling scene at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0136).
Gamblers playing at the Big Six Wheel in the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0137). Gamblers playing Roulette in the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0138)
Gamblers playing at a Craps table in the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0139). Several unidentified gamblers playing slot machines in an unknown Las Vegas casino Ca. 1950s/1960s (Collection # 0100, Photo # 1901).
Jimmy Durante (2nd from the right) and other unidentified gamblers at the Stardust Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1950s (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0694) Gamblers playing slot machines at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. late 1950s (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0136).

 

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Hotels and Casinos

Flamingo Hotel
Flamingo Hotel, exterior, night view
(Collection # 0100, Photo # 1800).
Barbary Coast (Single Item Accessions Collection # 0171, Photo # 0157)
   
Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn (Manis Collection # 0100, Photo # 0119) Flamingo Hotel, Las Vehgas, Nevada, ca. late 1940s (Las Vegas News Bureau Collection # 0049, Photo # 0395)
   
Nevada, El Rancho Vegas (Davis Collection #0020, Photo # 0018) Will Clark's Desert Inn (Manis Collection # 0100, Photo # 0119)
   
Marquee
El Rancho Vegas, c. 1950s (Union Pacific Railroad Collection #0043, Photo # 0186) The Sands marquee shows the range of stars that appeared at the resort (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0393).
Sign out front of the Aladdin in Las Vegas (c. 1960s). (Bill Willard Collection # 0333, Photo # 0140) Air view of the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada 1974 (Bill Willard Collection # 0333, Photo # 0053).
Silver Slipper Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada c.1950s (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0229) A view of the front entrance of the Thunderbird Hotel and Casino Las Vegas , Nevada c.1950s (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0232)
The Moulin Rouge Casino Las Vegas, Nevada 1956 (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0108) The Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada 1978 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0203)
An aerial view of Las Vegas looking northwest with a Grand Canyon Scenic plane in the sky. The Las Vegas Hilton, Landmark Hotel, and Las Vegas Convention Center are visible 1978 (Collection # 0277, 0682) An artist’s rendering of the Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. It was formerly the Paddlewheel, but it was rebuilt in 1993 (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0079).
The Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV ca. 1980's (Collection # 0333, Photo # 0073). The Castaways Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV ca. late 1960's/early 1970's (Collection # 0270, Photo # 0008).
The front entrance to The Dunes Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV ca. 1950's (Collection # 0281, Photo # 0010). The Las Vegas Strip in the late 1940's. The Thunderbird, El Rancho Vegas sign, Frontier Club, and Sahara are pictured (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0099)
The Las Vegas Strip in the late 1970's. The Riveria, La Concha, El Morocco, Frontier, Silver Slipper, and Stardust are pictured (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0085). The ribbon cutting for the Showboat Hotel and Casino 1954. Delphine "Mom" and C.P "Pop" Squires are officiating (Collection # 0049, Photo # 0104)
The Landmark Hotel and Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center are pictured in the background. A sign reading, "Welcome Home Howard" is pictured in the foreground (Collection # 0049, Photo # 109). The Sands Hotel & Casino Ca. 1950's (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0053)
An aerial view of the Las Vegas Strip looking north from the Dunes Hotel 1968. The Dunes, Caesars Palace, Frontier, Sands, and Flamingo are pictured (Collection # 0287, Photo # 0125). The Salt Lake Railroad Depot and Pacific Express Company office in Las Vegas, NV 1905 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0136)
This photograph of Mayor Russell and his family was taken in 1909. The image was found in a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Union Pacific Railroad Station in Las Vegas, Nevada. The time capsule was placed in 1940 and retrieved when the building was demolished in 1970 (Collection # 0043, Photo # 0163). A freighting team in front of the Arizona Club Ca. 1905 (Collection # 0062, Photo # 0002).
The Union Pacific train depot in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1940s-1950s (Collection # 0100, Photo # 0010). Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino July 1980 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0164).
The Flamingo Hilton Hotel and Casino Ca. 1979-1980 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0170). The Landmark Hotel and Casino 1976 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0179).
The MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1979-1980 (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0183). Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada Ca. 1950s (Collection # 0171, Photo # 0769).
An aerial shot of the Las Vegas Strip, looking north from the Dunes Hotel and Casino Ca. 1970s (Collection # 0281, 0104).
The Aladdin Hotel and Casino marquee in Las Vegas, Nevada 1977. The marquee reads: “UNLV Presents Sinatra, Martin, and friends (Collection # 0049, 0110).
Several guests on horseback in front of The Sands Hotel & Casino entrance in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marquee advertised Ricky Ricardo as the headliner. Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0287, 0109).
The Dunes Hotel and Country Club after an addition of a tower Ca. 1962 (Collection # 0281, 0106).
The Las Vegas Hilton Hotel Ca. 1975 (Collection # 0333, 0061). The Sands Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marquee advertised Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, & Joey Bishop Ca. 1960s (Collection # 0287, 0116).

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