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The Desert Inn

By Chuckmonster on Friday, 29th April 2005 12:04am
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While many expect a gleaming future for Steve Wynn's latest megaresort, Wynn Las Vegas, it is built on the site of the old Desert Inn, which carries a rich past.

And Wynn, famous for ushering in the megaresort age in Las Vegas, becomes the latest high-profile owner of the site.

San Diego businessman Wilbur Clark came to Las Vegas in 1944 and built what originally was called Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, then the largest hotel in Las Vegas with 300 rooms and a three-story tower. It opened on April 24, 1950, the fifth resort on a two-lane highway that would become the Las Vegas Strip.

After Clark's death in 1965, the DI's succession of owners included the colorful Moe Dalitz and billionaires Howard Hughes and Kirk Kerkorian.

Over the years, Vegas mainstays Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole were among those who headlined the Desert Inn's 530-seat Crystal Showroom.



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