Nevada legalized gambling in 1931.
When it opened in 1906, the Golden Gate Hotel became the first hotel and casino in Las Vegas
Las Vegas’ first racially integrated hotel opened in 1955 – The Moulin Rouge.
Betty Willis, who also designed the neon sign for the Moulin Rouge Hotel, created the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
In 1966, the famous aviator Howard Hughes moved into the Desert Inn and a year later the management asked him to leave. Instead, he bought the hotel. Hughes also purchased four other Vegas hotels/casinos: New Frontier, Sands, The Landmark Hotel and Casino and Castaways. None of the Hughes’ hotels exists today in their original form or name.
- Desert Inn is now Wynn Las Vegas.
- New Frontier has been demolished and construction is underway.
- Sands is now The Venetian.
- Castaways is now The Mirage.
- The Landmark Hotel and Casino received the short end of the stick and is now a parking lot.