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Cool Link of the Day: UNLV El Rancho Collection

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 14th July 2005 9:56pm
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The Hotel El Rancho Vegas, though it existed as a casino resort for less than two decades, nevertheless earned a place in the annals of gaming history. It was the first full-scale casino resort on Highway 91 south of Las Vegas, a roadway that within ten years of the El Rancho's opening would become known as the Las Vegas Strip. Though it did not have the glitz or notoriety of other early casinos (most notably, the Flamingo; honorable mention, Desert Inn), it was nonetheless a Strip pioneer.

When the El Rancho Vegas opened in 1941, Southern Nevada was a very different place. There were a few isolated gambling clubs on Highway 91, but no full-fledged casino hotels. Indeed, the idea of the casino resort--an integrated complex containing gaming, lodging, dining, entertainment, and retail facilities, did not yet exist. Gambling in Nevada, barely a decade since its 1931 re-legalization, mostly took place in gambling halls in Reno, Las Vegas, and other small towns of Nevada.



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