The Clark County Museum has put together an exhibit of the old resorts of Las Vegas - the El Rancho, The Dunes from the days before the luxury mega-resort came to dominate the tourist corridor. It's called 'Lost Vegas: Bulldozed and Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley.' We talk with the museum adminstrator about the first big wave of resort development along what used to be the highway to Los Angeles.
GUEST Mark Hall-Patton, Admin, Clark County Museums and consultant to Pawn Stars
Mark is an acquaintance from church and I loved the discussion. My folks moved to Las Vegas in 1960 and I first visited in 1962. It was very much different then, especially in over-all feeling. The strip had 13 hotels, big signs, but all only 2 stories high.
More like big, fancy motels. You would drive down the strip (very little traffic), see the signs, but also the sky above you. Downtown was a nice, ole
western town, with a boot shop next to the Mint and a nice movie theater. More relaxing, laid back.Don Eaman –Jun 20, 2012 11:13:15 AM