Greetings from Las Vegas

Greetings from Las VegasHere’s a great view of Fremont Street, a very different scene from that of today. The postcard probably dates from the mid-1960s, and has this description on the back:

FREMONT STREET
Las Vegas, Nevada
Heart of the busy business district just east of the world’s most exciting and colorful casino center.

Fremont Street at Night

Fremont Street PostcardPostmarked in 1958, this is a good view of Fremont Street in Las Vegas in the “good old days” before it was covered and traffic was blocked. There’s a fun message on the back:

“Dear Brother Sagen,
Sorry, but we will not be able to contribute to any special offerings this year.
We lost!
Dorothy & Bill.”

Fremont Street

Fremont Street PostcardA night view of Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, probably captured in the late ’60s. The caption on the back describes it well:

CASINO CENTER
Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas. View of this famous resort area with skyscraper hotels, world renowned restaurants, headline entertainment and all forms of gambling 24 hours a day.

Hotel El Rancho Vegas

Hotel El Rancho Vegas PostcardThe El Rancho Vegas was the first casino/resort erected on what would become the Las Vegas Strip. Opened in 1941, it was heavily damaged by fire in 1960 and never rebuilt. On the back:

Hotel El Rancho Vegas
“Stop at the Sign of the Windmill”
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Visitors to Las Vegas step back through the years into a genuine “old West” frontier town, that magically retains its atmosphere yet at the same time keeps step with modern times. Hospitality prevails at El Rancho! Swimming, riding, casino, dinner dancing – Land of Sunshine and Clear Desert Air.

Hotel Tropicana

Hotel TropicanaThis chrome postcard probably dates from the 1960s or early ’70s. On the back:

HOTEL TROPICANA
Las Vegas, Nevada
A spectacular show scene at the Tropicana where the entertainment is always the nation’s finest. The world’s top stars are featured nightly at this multi-million dollar hotel and show time is always an occasion never to be forgotten.

One Million Dollars

Horseshoe Club postcardONE MILLION DOLLARS in actual cash! – one hundred $10,000 bills – on display in giant horseshoe at JOE W. BROWN’S HORSESHOE CLUB in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada.”
Joe W. Brown’s Horseshoe? What about Binyon? Well, Mr. Binyon (that’s Benny Binion) was in Leavenworth prison from 1953 to 1957 (tax evasion), during which time Joe Brown ran the casino.

Sun N Sand Motel

Sun N Sand Motel postcardSUN N SAND MOTEL
2200 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH
LAS VEGAS NEVADA
PHONE DUdley 4-7066
“45 beautiful rooms with tiled showers and combination tubs. Individually controlled heating and Refrigerated air conditioning. Free TV. Large Swimming Pool. Centrally located. On the famous Las Vegas Strip. Eagan Bros.-owners.”