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Las Vegas’ Oldest Casino Still in Operation Opened 67 Years Ago This Week

Excerpt from Yahoo! Travel

Dec 26, 2013 5:00 pm

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From a 105-room flop to to the 3,626-room monster that it is today, the evolution of the Flamingo Las Vegas mirrors many of the changes of the city itself.

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The Flamingo Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Alfonso Jimenez / Flickr


The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas – an icon for tourists traveling to the Strip – opened on Dec. 26, 1946, despite the fact that it wasn’t yet complete.

Mobster Bugsy Siegel and his partners opened the hotel with just 105 rooms, hoping the grand event would attract business that would recoup cost overruns and help finance the rest of construction. The Flamingo was to be a new kind of luxury for Vegas, a full resort that featured a nine-hole golf course; tennis, squash and handball courts; a trapshooting range and extensive landscaping. Its high-end clientele would be served by staff wearing tuxedos.

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