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La Concha Motel, 1979. The Riviera, Westward Ho and Circus Circus in the background. La Concha was in business 1961-2003.✿❀

La Concha Motel, 1979. The Riviera, Westward Ho and Circus Circus in the background. La Concha was in business 1961-2003.✿❀

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: El Morocco Motel. Las Vegas, 1979. Demolished in 2005.

VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY: El Morocco Motel. Las Vegas, 1979. Demolished in 2005.

The Fortune Club in downtown Las Vegas (ca. 1959). This was the second “Fortune Club” on Fremont Street, taking the place of the Golden Slot Club (1955-58).

The Fortune Club in downtown Las Vegas (ca. 1959). This was the second “Fortune Club” on Fremont Street, taking the place of the Golden Slot Club (1955-58).

Vintage Las Vegas - Downtown Fremont Street - Golden Nugget

Vintage Las Vegas - Downtown Fremont Street - Golden Nugget

MGM Grand fire, November 21, 1980. 85 people were killed in the tragedy, which remains Nevada’s worst disaster and one of the worst hotel fires in US history.  Although Las Vegas is famous for expansive remodeling, reconstruction and hotel implosions, this hotel was reopened, renamed Bally’s in 1986, and still stands over 30 years later.

MGM Grand fire, November 21, 1980. 85 people were killed in the tragedy, which remains Nevada’s worst disaster and one of the worst hotel fires in US history. Although Las Vegas is famous for expansive remodeling, reconstruction and hotel implosions, this hotel was reopened, renamed Bally’s in 1986, and still stands over 30 years later.

A view of Las Vegas looking from Paradise Road toward the Strip (ca. 1980)

A view of Las Vegas looking from Paradise Road toward the Strip (ca. 1980)

Las Vegas, December 1982. Imperial Palace, Flamingo and a De Tomaso Pantera. Photo by Chris B

Las Vegas, December 1982. Imperial Palace, Flamingo and a De Tomaso Pantera. Photo by Chris B

1951 - Silver Slipper Casino opens at 3100 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

1951 - Silver Slipper Casino opens at 3100 Las Vegas Blvd. South, on the Las Vegas Strip.

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