Answer 1 of 63: Just curious what others think. I have a few in mind. But I think the biggest is that people think casino hosts are exclusively for high rollers. This is a huge misconception their job is to keep all level of gamblers gambling in their casino.
Between 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industry. But another reason was a chance to glimpse actual nuclear tests in person.
Wynn Las Vegas; Plaza; Downtown properties Edit. Binion's Gambling Hall; California Hotel and Casino Circa Resort and Casino Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino El Cortez Hotel and Casino The D Casino and Hotel Four Queens; Fremont Hotel and Casino Golden Gate Hotel and Casino Golden Nugget Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Main Street Station Casino.
In Las Vegas, those same well-connected, well-financed businessmen took over the downtown casino area and expanded several clubs like the Las Vegas Club and the El Cortez. Most of the Mob’s early clubs still stand today, holding a history deep in their bellies about how Vegas grew, often against the wishes of the founding fathers.
Harvey's Casino Bombing. Las Vegas, Nevada, 1980. See more photos from 1980.
About 100 kilometers (65 miles) north of Las Vegas is the Nevada Test Site, where over 100 above-ground nuclear tests were conducted between 1952 and 1962, when the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was ratified. Las Vegas in the early 50s was home to several casinos, but did not yet draw tourists from every corner of the globe.
Gone But Not Forgotten. This page is dedicated to the Places in Las Vegas that while they may not be there anymore, still exist in our memory. As we find photos or postcards, we will post them along with info about the buildings and businesses: Special Thanks to RoadsidePictures. Eric Lynxwiler, As We Knew It, LA Time Machines, Nevada State Museum and UNLV Special Collections for letting us.
Binion ran what was thought to be the most profitable casino in Las Vegas (privately held, it never had to report earnings publicly) but he didn’t keep an office; he did business from a booth in.