|Fun Fact: A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. In 1931, a gambling bill was approved that made gambling legal again.
Fun Fact: The Dunes, demolished in 1993, was the first resort to feature topless showgirls in a show called Minsky's Follies.
Fun Fact: The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906, making it the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Fun Fact: In 1941, the El Rancho Vegas was the first resort to open on The Las Vegas Strip (across from what is now The Sahara).
Fun Fact: Many of the first hotels on The Strip opened in the 1950's such as The Desert Inn, The Sands, The Riviera, The Dunes, Hacienda, Tropicana, Royal Nevada, Moulin Rouge and The Stardust.
Fun Fact: In 1946, Bugsy Siegel opened The Flamingo Hotel. Some say his involvement with that project is why he was murdered in 1947 at his mansion in Beverly Hills, California.
Fun Fact: Vehicle traffic on Fremont Street in Downtown, Las Vegas was officially closed on September 7, 1994.
Fun Fact: The Las Vegas Convention Center opened in 1959.
Fun Fact: The Mirage, what's considered to be the first "mega resort" hotel and casino in Las Vegas, opened in 1989 at a cost of $630 million.
Fun Fact: In 1966, Howard Hughes begins his infamous stay at the Desert Inn. By 1968, Hughes purchases the Desert Inn after being asked to leave by Hotel management.
Fun Fact: The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened March 10, 1995.
Fun Fact: In 1996, Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th performance while Siegfried and Roy celebrated their 15,000th performance.
Did you know? The Stratosphere is the tallest, free-standing, observation tower in the US and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
Fun Fact: In 1996, over 29 million peopled visit Las Vegas, Nevada. The gross gaming revenue is reported to be over $7.4 billion.
Did you know? The working name for Mandalay Bay was Project Paradise until it opened on March 2, 1999.
Fun Fact: From 1990 to 1998 the Las Vegas population grew by 55%.
Fun Fact: In 1970, 6.7 million people visited Las Vegas. In 2002, over 35 million people visited Sin City, Nevada.
- 80% of all visitors are return visitors and average two trips per year.
- 44% of all visitors arrive by air while 43% arrive by auto.
- 89% of all visitors gamble with an average gambling budget of $500.
Did you know? The company that owns The Mirage (MGM Mirage) also owns Treasure Island, New York New York, Bellagio, The MGM Grand, The Golden Nugget and all three hotels at the Nevada State Line (Whiskey Pete's, Buffalo Bill's and Primm Valley).
Did you know? The Mandalay Resort Group (formerly Circus Circus Enterprises) owns Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and both casinos in Jean Nevada (Nevada Landing and Gold Strike). They also partnered with MGM Mirage to build the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.