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Showboat Sign (Demolished)
Photo courtesy Allen Sandquist

The Showboat Hotel and Casino has been a Las Vegas institution since 1954. In 2000, ownership changed hands and the Showboat is now the Castaways. By the way, the "W" in the Showboat sign is now sitting in the YESCO neon graveyard.

Many thanks to Jim Emory and Allen Sandquist for their knowledge and information on the "Big W" lettering.


UPDATE 05/06 : The Castaways was imploded on January 11, 2006 and is now big dirt lot. 05-06

See Roadside Peek's Spotlight on the Showboat Hotel and Casino and Vintage Vegas for more Vegas classic buildings and signage.



Stardust (Demolished)
Las Vegas, NV
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Stardust Casino sign in Las Vegas as it looks today. Check out the Stardust sign with the old space age script lettering.


UPDATE 03/07 : Old Vegas has lost another treasure. Like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn, and even the recent Boardwalk and Bourbon Street, the Stardust evokes memories of showgirls, high rollers, and Rat Pack type of entertainment. Sadly, the Stardust is now no more, gone like a sweater in a puddle. 03-07



(Near right) The Stardust entrance

(Far right) A look a the more recent tower for the Stardust


See Roadside Peek's Vintage Vegas for more Vegas classic buildings and signage.


See more photos of the Stardust at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Stardust Resort and Casino.



Westward Ho (Demolished)
Las Vegas, NV
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

This interesting marquee outside of the Westward Ho still advertises this casino off Las Vegas Boulevard. And yes, this is the home of the big ol' hot dog.


UPDATE 05/06 : The Westward Ho was shut down on November 17, 2005 and is currently in tear down mode. 05-06



Gold Coast
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Jay Villa

Here's a shot of the Gold Coast marquee, another one of the larger than life signs found in Vegas.



Hacienda Hotel (Demolished)
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Allen Sandquist

Check out this shot of the Hacienda Hotel and Casino being toppled over by a large crane. This hotel used to sit in the spot now occupied by Mandalay Bay.



Moulin Rouge (Closed)
Las Vegas, NV
Photo and info courtesy Karen Vance

Here's the front facade of the Moulin Rouge, after a devastating fire in 2003 that destroyed its innards. According to the June 05, 2003 Las Vegas Mercury News, the Moulin Rouge opened in 1955 in a segregated community, and African-Americans who came to Las Vegas looking for work soon learned that they had to live west of the tracks. With this racism came a vibrant community with blacks developing their own businesses and casinos. However, at the Moulin Rouge, whites and blacks could mingle in the same casino. It also became the place to be for both white and black entertainers.

More photos can be found here at Roadside Peek's Lost Treasures feature on the Moulin Rouge.










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