Thursday, 21 May 2020

got a whole lot of money that’s ready to burn so set those stakes up higher

Sharing one of our nostalgic, impossible but transporting travel fantasies of visiting mid-century Las Vegas before it was sanitised into some contradictory, kidult theme park, we are quite enjoying pouring over the branding and logos from Regan Ray’s (see previously) recent addition of the city’s vintage casinos and resorts.
Some of the most venerable ones, like Caesar’s Palace, are still there of course and a few are preserved in indelible memory or ghost signage, like the Stardust (1958 – 2006) but there are some real gems to discover, like The Mint (1957 – 1989)—one-time sponsor of a big road-off race and infamous as the host for the first night of Hunter S. Thompson’s weekend trip as portrayed in his Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Hotel El Rancho Vegas (1941 – 1960) with its Midnight Chuck Wagon restaurant and venue for big entertainers.