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Silverbird (Demolished)
Las Vegas
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

The Silverbird Casino off the Strip opened in 1948 under its former name, the Thunderbird. The name changed to the Silverbird in 1976 and operated for 5 years under that name. In 1982, the casino opened as the El Rancho. The El Rancho was eventually imploded on October 3, 2000. 11-05

 

 

 

 

 

Vegas Vic circa 1990
Las Vegas
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Here's a close-up look at Vegas Vic, thumbing the way to the Pioneer Club Casino. Just one look at Vic in full neon makes one remember the flickering cigarette, moving arm, and the "Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas" phrase. Vegas Vic joined the Pioneer Club back in 1951. 11-05

 

Fremont Street circa 1978
Las Vegas
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Here's a shot of Fremont Street, as taken in 1978. Seen in this photo is the old Plaza signage at the end and the Mint Casino and its distinctive marquee. Of course, this was also many years before the street was closed off and canopied for the Fremont Street Experience in 1997. Ah, Vintage Vegas.

Below are other photos from 1978, including a nice shot of Vegas Vic and the Pioneer Club, back when the Pioneer was really a working casino. In the other shot below, the Golden Nugget illuminates the street. 11-05

 

Fremont Street's Pioneer Club circa 1978
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Fremont Street's Golden Nugget circa 1978
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

 

 

Golden Nugget circa 1977
Las Vegas
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Here are a few shots of the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. These photos were taken in the late 1970's, back when the Golden Nugget still had their prominent neon marquee drawing crowds in. 11-05

 

 

Golden Nugget circa 1978
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

Golden Nugget circa 1978 - close-up of sign
Las Vegas, NV
Photo courtesy Paul Bauke

 

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