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Abandoned/Old Casinos/Motels

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by LushLife, Jul 18, 2013.

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  1. LushLife

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    Hey all--

    I've always been intriqued by the history of Vegas, and the history of old abandoned places.

    I have enjoyed stepping through the south of the strip via Google Maps Street View. I was wondering if any folks here have some interesting stories or could fill me in more about the history of some of these places.

    Last year when staying at THE Hotel, we walked across the street to grab a few beers at the mart in front of the Motel 8. Not Super 8, Not Motel 6....Motel 8... Anyways. I saw the Desert Oasis Motel, and then the Laughing Jackalope. Honestly the one dollar corona sign made me think, damn let's have a beer here and check out an old locals casino. Then I saw it was closed, which got to me thinking about these old places.


    Does anyone have any info on the Casa Malaga or the Glass Pool Motel, or any hotels/ casinos around?

    I remember in 2001 when I went to Vegas, I remember seeing the actual Glass Pool before it was torn down, and if memory serves me correctly, I believe the Glass Pool Motel was called the Mirage, until Steve Wynn forced them to change their name? Is this truth?


    Any other abandoned or historical places like these would anyone have any information on? I'll post up some more hotel names when I find them.
     
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    Hmmmm, are you thinking what I am thinking and reopen one of these places.:thumbsup:
     
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  4. LushLife

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    I'm down, let's open one up! Penny slots with real coins!


    WOW thanks for that link. I've now found what to do with myself over the next 15 days. I have this site to read and 8 hour documentary on Vegas. :nworthy:
     
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    I always remember those kinda seedy motels on the wayyyy south Strip before ubiquity began invading.

    Laughing Jackalope, Happi Inn, Glass Pool, Klondike, which had a real casino.

    Never stayed in any of them, but visited the Klondike casino shortly before it closed.
     
  6. Mitkraft

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    Did some quick googling and there are a few pages with info on the Glass Pool Inn. Very neat pictures here and there to. I had never heard of it so thanks!

    Sad news though is that the sign was supposed to go to the Neon Museum and some fool stole it! I still can't figure out how they managed that.
     
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    As i always drove from LA to Vegas for almost 30 years, the Glass Pool Inn was a sight for sore eyes. After driving for 4 hours in the desert, i came upon a Mirage (the original name of Glass Pool Inn) stopping at the red light (the first stop from Baker). Russell Rd and Las Vegas Blvd. Then at the red light i would roll my windows down no matter what the time of year it was, turn up KOMP FM 92.3 with Carlota, and voila..........i'm in Vegas baby!!
    I have never stayed there, but for many years, in my case 1978 to late 2002, the Glass Pool Inn was the first place i would see in Vegas. As long as i could remember, i was never able to cross the green light exiting Russell Rd to Las Vegas Blvd immediately, had to wait, and it was a blessing in disguise. Even with all the freeway enhancements etc, i always took the Russell Rd exit coming in from LA even though i could have exited Flamingo Blvd or Tropicana. The GPI was my starting point in my Vegas adventures. I would still take the Russell Rd exit from 2003-2011, but it just wouldn't be the same......Glass Pool Inn 1952-2003......RIP.........i will always miss ya.
     
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    There's some interesting photos of Vacation Village here: http://www.uer.ca/locations/show.asp?locid=21360

    It was before my time but some of you may be familiar with it. If you google abandoned casinos you'll get some interesting photos. Most are not from Vegas though.
     
  9. AlwaysVegas

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    Glass Pool Inn in music vids!

    Robert Plant:
    [YOUTUBE]AONyzALncOk[/YOUTUBE]

    ZZ Top: (lots of other classic places too)
    [YOUTUBE]KAYl9951VL0[/YOUTUBE]
     
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    It has a video of a swimmer on a newscast in 1994 at the Glass Pool Inn.

    OK, lets try this:
    [youtube]d5AJ2oRP7yU[/youtube]
     
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    I can't remember the name but there was a seedy motel on the other side of lvb from mirage, that is where we used to stay when I was a kid, no casino, just a seedy motel. We always drove in from Ohio and it was cheap, that was before my dad realized you could get into the resorts for the same or cheaper our first resort (using the term loosely) was Circus Circus, the plan was to stay at the seedy place but the 20/night sign on the highway brought us to the manor rooms. Did that once and it was stardust until it closed.
     
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    You're probably thinking of the Tam O Shanter. Back in the late 70s and early 80s part of our extended family used to stay there. It wasn't bad at the time.
     
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    We stayed there once too. I remember lime green decor.

    Also stayed at the Colonial House in the same area.
     
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    Talking of crappy hotels/motels...

    First visit to Vegas 1979 or maybe 1980, stayed at the Del Rey, which was opposite the dunes I think, i believe it is now fatburger. I can remember the beds had a coin operated vibrating massaging feature !!!

    Just thought.... Why did the glass pool have to change its name, surely it was using the Mirage name before Steve Wynn??
     
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    So did the Westward Ho!
     
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    I want to say oasis but maybe wrong
     
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    It may be slightly out of date, but from google maps street view it looks like the following are still open near Mandalay Bay:

    Diamond Inn
    Desert Oasis
    Motel 8
    Happi Inn


    A couple of others are still standing, but closed.
     
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    There's an old hotel/casino on Tropicana and Dean Martin, right by I-15. Close to the In-n-Out Burger. I thinks the place was called Golden Palm.

    I don't know much about the place, but it looks abandoned.
     
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    It might be the Imperial 400 which was next to Tam o Shanter. I stayed at the Imperial 400 the first week of the opening of Treasure Island. The Imperial had a great view of the Pirates of Buccaneer Bay show. Now the 400 is gone as well as the Pirates.
     
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