The rare news about Las Vegas goes without mentioning the Las Vegas Strip. The world's most famous street hosts the largest and most popular casino hotels. It attracts Americans from all states and tourists from different parts of the planet.
All kinds of entertainment are available there. High rollers risk incredible amounts at the gaming tables, seniors spend time playing video slots, beautiful girls look for rich sugar daddies in casino halls, and fans of gambling rattle their nerves.
Do you know that the most popular street in Las Vegas is actually located outside the city? It is a stretch of the South Las Vegas Boulevard in Clark County, Nevada.
How has it managed to become a symbol of the "world gambling capital"? And how did it get its strange name? Let's briefly discuss the history of Las Vegas to figure out everything.
History of the Las Vegas Strip
The history of the Las Vegas Strip dates back to 1931, when Nevada became the first American state that made the gambling business legal. Clark County began to issue licenses for providing gambling activities.
In the same year, Pair-o-Dice Casino opened its doors for customers on the Highway 91. It was opened by Frank Detra and his wife Angelina.
The gambling facility was located outside the modern Las Vegas Strip. This was the first casino opened outside the city. The hotel with sixty-three rooms and a hall with tables for gambling games brought an impressive income to the owners for almost two decades. The hotel was destroyed by a fire. An additional source of profit for the owners was bootlegging during the Prohibition era.
In 1938, the Detra couple sold the casino to the former police captain Guy McAfee. He renamed the gambling house and now it is called 91 Club. MacAfee is said to coin the name The Strip. It reminded him of his native Californian street Sunset Strip.
The first casino appeared directly on the Las Vegas Strip, though it was not called in this way, was Hotel Last Frontier. It started operating in 1942.
In 1940s, the prospects for the development of the gambling business in Las Vegas were noticed by the famous mobster Bugsy Siegel. He invested mafia's money and with the help of his partner who would be removed from the business, he built Flamingo Casino. The construction of the complex cost a fantastic amount at that time, and the first months of its operation were unprofitable. It is believed that this was the cause of the Bugsy's assassination. He was shot in his own house at Beverly Hills.
After the Siegel's death, Flamingo Casino continued to operate. It was reconstructed and finally became the property of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Another cult gambling house in the history of the Las Vegas Strip is the legendary hotel casino called Desert Inn. It operated from 1950 to 2000.
Subsequently, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, and other famous complexes were opened on the Strip. We will not enumerate all of them, because the list is too long. All casinos located on the Las Vegas Strip can be found in any guide, including the corresponding article on Wikipedia.
The Las Vegas Strip continues to develop actively. At the moment, several large projects are being under construction or reconstruction. Among them there are not only casino hotels, but also complexes with other types of entertainment:
The renovated Monte Carlo Casino should open its doors in late 2018.
The large-scale Wynn Resorts complex should be launched in early 2019.
All Net Resort and Arena has been constructed since March 2017. It should be opened in late 2019.
The Las Vegas stadium on the Las Vegan Strip will be opened before the beginning of the football season in 2020.
Instead of the former Stardust Casino, Resort World Las Vegas is being constructed. It will open its doors to the guests in 2020.
The fate of several projects is suspended. Fointainbleau Las Vegas, which is an unfinished resort, and an entertainment park called Skyvue with a giant Ferris wheel are offered for sale.
Interesting Facts about the Las Vegas Strip
Are you ready to read about some interesting facts associated with the Las Vegas Strip?
Thirty gambling houses were closed on the Las Vegas Strip during its existence.
The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest street on Earth if you look at the planet from space.
The statue of the lion near MGM Grand Hotel weighs fifty tones. This is the biggest bronze statue in the United States.
Once Howard Hughes, a famous millionaire, staying at Desert Inn, ordered about two hundred gallons of ice cream. Naturally, he could not eat it, and the gambling facility treated its guests during the year free of charge.
The maximum winning amount in the history of slots in the Las Vegas Strip was obtained by a 25-year-old programmer. His one-hundred-dollar bet brought him thirty nine million.
A copy of the Egyptian sphinx near Luxor Casino is thirty meters taller than the original version.
Illumination of the pyramid near Luxor Casino costs fifty one dollars per hour.
The Las Vegas Boulevard where Strip is located changed its names several times. It used to be called 5th Street, Arrowhead Highway, Los Angeles Highway, Salt Lake Highway, US 91, US 93, US 466, and State Route 6.
In recent years, the cost of one acre of land on the Strip has varied from three to six million dollars.
Luxury resorts with huge casinos are operating in many countries, but Las Vegas is still the most famous and popular gambling center. The soul of Vegas is the Strip, which continues to evolve despite financial crises, activities of competitors, and other challenges that the gambling world is exposed to.
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