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I apologize to all of you who had to switch to IE to get to this site. My site has been stolen five times - no, not parts - the whole thing - downloaded on their computers/servers and uploaded to their sites then calling it their own. To top it off, people were downloading pictures so generously donated by people and selling them on Ebay or using them on their own sites without permission of the owners (NO, the pictures AREN'T public domain. This site and all the pictures on it are protected by the DMC and is under copyright), and lastly, people have been stealing it to use as descriptions for their on-line auctions. As some of you remember, this site was once wide open and the pictures large and beautiful, but unfortunately, due to the scum of the Earth also having access to the internet, I had to take these measures.

Please do not write to me and complain unless you can tell me how to keep the scum from getting to this site. I've filtered my e-mail program to automatically delete e-mails containing certain 'complain' words. The only ones who have a right to complain are the individuals who have made a monetary or informational donation to this site and those e-mail addresses have been accepted by the filters.

Also, please do not write asking for copies of the pictures or information on this site without being prepared to pay for it. It has gotten to the point that I was spending so much time looking for pictures and copying and pasting information for people that the site was being neglected. I will send you a scan of the picture without distortion for a donation of $2.25 per picture to cover the time I spend complying with your request. This DOES NOT INCLUDE the pictures donated by individuals. I will have to contact the donators to get their permission and obviously, because of the extra work, your request will be put on the back burner. Just click on my donator's page to make the donation and then e-mail me telling me what photographs. The information on this site will only be given to people who are willing to sign a document stating they are not using this information for any money-making ventures including books, TV, movies, etc. I will charge for this work based upon what you want. Please e-mail me with what you want and I will send back my charges for it. If you change the subject matter of your e-mail I will not receive it.

Last but not least, remember the old saying - Don't complain when its free - well, please live by that saying while visiting my site. Please believe me when I say I really truly don't want your opinion, warnings, sarcasm, etc. Unless you have paid over $25,000 to put up a site just to have it stolen, I just don't care.

Suggestion: You may want to turn your pop-off protector while visiting this site. I have different pieces of information opening in new windows so people won't lose their place.

Welcome to the most detailed history of the Las Vegas Strip on the internet today!

The Strip is a world of its own. Where else can you go to visit Egypt, New York, the Tropics, King and Queens, Rome/Greece, Hollywood, and much more all on one street? This is the street of lights, excitement, and dreams. Some dreams come true becoming great successes and others sadly die. The Strip is competitive and one only has to look down the street at night to see this. Each property has to not only keep up with the others, but to also attract and keep their visitors. All of this takes nerve, imagination, and creativity. Just take a good look at any of these structures. There is creativity all around them. The dreams of owners, architects, designers, interior decorators, and employees are all wrapped up into these architectural wonders.

Please click here if you would like to read about how this site came to be and the wonderful people who contributed their information, pictures, or memories. I also listed the resorts the helped me and the ones who didn't. (This will open in a new window).

This is the visionaries' site. From the individuals who looked at three miles of desert road and saw a dream, a street like no other - to the present dream weavers who see a different Strip, a prettier one, a bigger one. Sure, some of the dreams died or were replaced, but the point is they tried, and to some extent or for some short period of time, they succeeded. Each of them bucked warnings and laughs, and some even gave their lives to make their dreams come true. Their message to you is the next time you have a vision, a dream, and people tell you you're crazy or it could never be done, come back to this site and visit these people and what they created. Picture a three mile desert road, and see it after the dream weavers arrived - castles, exploding volcanos, sultans, the old west, pirate fights, flamingos, animal habitats, dancing waters, and cities such as New York, Paris and Venice. If they can see a dream and make it reality, so can you!

The following is arranged beginning with the first major hotel/casino resort or casino to the present. There may have been clubs, casinos, or motels on the properties before which is listed underneath the name. I have numbered the top ten as they held the pathway for the rest of the Strip.

April 3, 1941 - The mother of the Strip, El Rancho Las Vegas opening with 63 rooms.
2004 - Hilton Time Share

October 30, 1942 - Second, Hotel Last Frontier opening with 105 rooms.
1930 - Pair-O-Dice
1936 - Ambassador Night Club
1939 - 91 Club
April 4, 1955 - New Frontier
1967 - The Frontier
1999 - New Frontier

December 26, 1946 - Third, Flamingo Hotel opening with 105 rooms.
March 1, 1947 - Fabulous Flamingo
1971 - Flamingo Hilton
1999 - Flamingo Las Vegas

September 2, 1948 - Fourth, The Thunderbird opening with 76 rooms.
1977 - Silverbird
1982 - El Rancho

April 24, 1950 - Fifth resort, Desert Inn opening with 300 rooms.
???? - Players Club
April 28, 2005 - Wynn Resort

September, 1950 - First major casino, Silver Slipper/Golden Slipper.

October 7, 1952 - Sixth resort, Sahara opening with 240 rooms. Closed May 16, 2011.
April 8, 1947 - Club Bingo
August 23, 2014 - SLS Las Vegas

December 15, 1952 - Seventh resort, Sands opening with 200 rooms.
???? - La Rue's
1988 - Sands MGM
May 3, 1999 - The Venetian opening with 3,036 rooms.

April 19, 1955 - Eighth, The Royal Nevada

April 20, 1955 - Ninth, Riviera opening with 300 rooms.
Closed May 4, 2015.

May 23, 1955 - Tenth, Dunes opening with 200 rooms.
October 15, 1998 - Bellagio opening with 3,026 rooms.

June 1956 - Hacienda opening with 256 rooms.
March 2, 1999 - Mandalay Bay opening with 3,309 rooms.

April 4, 1957 - Tropicana opening with 300 rooms.

July 2, 1958 - Stardust Resort & Casino opening with 1,000 rooms.

1960 - San Souci. This property was shared by two establishments. The Red Rooster 'clan' was first, then the San Souci. The Red Rooster eventually disappeared. San Souci was then the evolving property.
1931 - Red Rooster Nite Club
1933 - The Red Rooster
1933 - Red Rooster
1941 - Alice Morris Red Rooster
1942 - Red Rooster Nite Club
1947 - Gracie Hayes Lodge
1948 - Red Rooster
1950 - Martello's Red Rooster
1951 - Red Rooster
1953 - Hi Ho Club
May 4, 1954 - The Patio Club
1954 - The Rendezvous
1956 - Gracie Hayes Lodge
Sharing the property with
1942 - San Souci Auto Court
1949 - San Souci Court
1950 - San Souci Auto & Trailer Court
1955 - Sans Souci Hotel, Inc.
1963 - Castaways
1967 - Oliver's New Castaways Casino
November 22, 1989 - The Mirage opening with 3,044 rooms

October 27, 1993 - Treasure Island opening with 2,891 rooms (this property was Mirage's parking lot)
June, 2000 - MGM Mirage
October, 2003 - TI

1963 - Its first 'motel' resort Westward-Ho

April 1, 1966 - The Aladdin opening with 335 rooms.
1962 - The Tally Ho
1964 - King's Crown
August 18, 2000 - Aladdin opening with 2,567 rooms
April 7, 2007 - Planet Hollywood

August 5, 1966 - Caesars Palace opening with 700 rooms.

1972 - Circus Circus Hotel Casino Resort opening with 400 rooms.
October 18, 1968 - Circus Circus Casino

???? - El Morocco Motel
???? - Ginseng Korean and Japanese Bar-B-Q Restaurant

July 2, 1973 - Holiday Casino
1949 - Tumbleweed Motel
195? - The Pyramids Motel
19?? - River Boat Casino
1992 - Harrah's

July 1, 1967 - Bonanza Hotel and Casino opening with 160 rooms
1963 - Three Coins Motel
1969 - New Bonanza Hotel and Casino
December 23, 1973 - MGM Grand Hotel opening with 2,100 rooms
1986 - Bally Grand
1996 - Bally's

1973 - Riata Casino
1974 - Silver City Casino
2004 - Silver City Mall

1975 - Marina Hotel and Casino
December 18, 1993 - MGM Grand Hotel/Casino opening with 5,005 rooms.

March, 1979 - Barbary Coast opening with 150 rooms.
195? - Desert Villa
195? - Empey's Desert Villa
February 27, 2007 - Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon
May 21, 2014 - The Cromwell

November 1, 1979 - Imperial Palace
19?? - Flamingo Capri
December, 2012 - Quad
October 23, 2014 - Linq

1979 - Slots-A-Fun

July 1, 1989 - O'Shea's

June 19, 1990 - Excalibur opening with 4,032 rooms.

January 1, 1992 - Casino Royale
???? - Joey's New Yorker Night Club
1979 - Nob Hill

October 15, 1993 - Luxor Las Vegas opening with 2,526 rooms.

1993 - Boardwalk Holiday Inn
1969 - Holiday Queen
February 13, 2002 - Boardwalk Hotel & Casino

June 21, 1996 - Monte Carlo - opening with 3,002 rooms.
1953 - Desert Rose Motel
May 8, 2018 - Park MGM

January 3, 1997 - New York New York opening with 2,033 rooms.
195? - Lone Palm Motel
Sharing property with
1965 - Rodeway Inn

September 1, 1999 - Paris Las Vegas opening with 2,914 rooms.
19?? - Galaxy Motel
1970 - Little Caesar's


These ladies aren't on the Strip but had a direct impact on the Strip.

May 14, 1955 - Moulin Rouge


1957 - The Royal Inn Casino
???? - Americana Hotel
???? - Paddlewheel Hotel Casino
1993 - Miss Reynolds Hotel Casino aka Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino
1999 - World Wrestling Federation
July 20, 2001 - Greek Isles Hotel & Casino

July 1, 1969 - Landmark

July 2, 1969 - International
September 4, 1953 - Las Vegas Race Track
1970 - Las Vegas Hilton
July 1, 2014 - Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

July 13, 1979 - Vegas World opening with 100 rooms.
???? - Todkill/Bill Hayden Lincoln Mercury Dealership
March 31, 1974 - Million Dollar Historic Gambling Museum
April 30, 1996 - Stratosphere opening with 1,500 rooms.
February 1, 2019 - The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod (announced, not official)


There were plenty of little ma and pa type motels springing up on the Strip. The ones that evolved to resorts are already listed. This section is for the little girls. The visionaries who created motels that disappeared and replaced by items other than resorts or endured time and remain on the Strip today. Please click here to see the mini-dreams.

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This section contains background information each of the dreamweavers, the visionaries who took a chance and placed the ultimate bets, Below each name is a list of the resorts they were either connected with or they created. Please click here to meet the visionaries.


Strip Maps and Pictures - This section contains maps and pictures; and a Christmas section for Vegas Holiday editions of publications printed throughout the years.

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Fun Facts and Information - Some trivia, facts and information for your enjoyment.

Transportation on the Strip - Need to get around the Strip? Here are some ideas.

Webrings and Links - Since you're already in the virtual Las Vegas Strip, why don't you visit some other sites that I think are noteworthy!

Books and Appearances List - This is a list of books and movie/TV appearances made by the ladies.

Awards We Won - This site has won awards and we are proud to show them off.

Online Poker - Poker is a very popular pastime at many casinos. Now poker is being enjoyed online as well.


Miscellaneous Information, My Vegas Trips, etc. - I have recorded briefly my experiences on the Strip and auctions that 'have gone bad' and well as other tales so you can learn from my mistakes (stupid or otherwise). For you physicially handicapped Strip fans - there is a page here about accommodations at the ladies to make your stay for pleasurable. I have a poll on this site when I think of questions or someone volunteers something. The results of previous polls will be in this section for your review. I also have an obituary section of some of the entertainers who are gone but not forgotten. This will constantly be added to.

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Pete & Chantel Rizzo's Old Vegas Chips Site - This site belongs to Pete & Chantel Rizzo who have been invaluable to me for helping my readers assess chips and other Vegas items. I am not a collector so please do not e-mail me scans of your chips and/or items asking me what they are worth. Go to the experts - Pete & Chantel!

Update Section - This is for repeat visitors. You can also click on the wording on the top of this page as well.

'I have a new idea about every 21 seconds. It's a talent, a characteristic I have. But an idea is one thing. Making it come alive in three-dimension reality is another'. - Jay Sarno, creator of Caesars Palace and Circus Circus

'What I love the most about this town is the terrific opportunity it presents to those with the imagination and daring to build new must-see properties. Where else could you find a pyramid next to Camelot, next to the Statue of Liberty and Monte Carlo, an Italian lake next to the Roman Empire. Here this madness is okay. Any place else they'd lock you up. The best is yet to come. The next five years will see a renaissance of entertainment here.' - Steve Wynn, February 1, 2000 - creator of Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio and Wynn Resort

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Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd
IndustryHospitality, Entertainment, Tourism
SuccessorTsogo Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Gaming
FounderSol Kerzner
Number of locations
over 100 hotels, 13 casinos
Marcel von Aulock (CEO for Tsogo Sun Hotels)Chris du Toit (CEO for Tsogo Sun Gaming)
BrandsMaia, Beverly Hills, 54 on Bath, Sandton Sun, Suncoast Towers, Palazzo, InterContinental Johannesburg O.R. Tambo Airport, InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, Southern Sun Hotels and Resorts, SunSquare, Garden Court, StayEasy and SUN1 (formerly known as Formula1 Hotels)
Serviceshospitality, leisure, gaming and entertainment[1]
R 5.4 billion[2][3]

Tsogo Sun is a South African hotel, gaming and entertainment group. As of 12 June 2019,[4][5][6] Tsogo Sun split into Tsogo Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Gaming. Tsogo Sun Hotels has over 100 hotels[7] in South Africa, Seychelles and the Middle East, a number of restaurants and bars, and conferencing and banqueting facilities including the Sandton Convention Centre. Tsogo Sun Gaming[8] has 13 gaming and entertainment destinations as well as ownership of Galaxy Bingo and V Slots.[9][10]

Tsogo Sun means 'resurrection' or 'new life' – a term that mimics the daily rising of the sun in Setswana.[11]


Prior to 2011, Tsogo Sun Holdings owned and operated two divisions: Southern Sun Hotel Interests and Tsogo Sun Gaming. On 24 February 2011, Tsogo Sun Holdings concluded a merger with and reverse listing through Gold Reef Resorts.[12] Tsogo Sun's key institutional shareholder is Old Mutual Investment Group Limited (5.99%); 10.33% of shares held by top holders.[13]

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The group was one of the largest Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies in the hotel and tourism sector with a market capitalisation of R30.8 billion.[14][15] Since the unbundling[16] of its business into separate hotels and gaming interests in June 2019, Tsogo Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Gaming have been listed separately on the JSE. Tsogo Sun Gaming (TSG[17]) and Tsogo Sun Hotels (TGO[18]) are both owned by Hosken Consolidated Investments (49%) and public shares (51%).[19]


Southern Sun Cape Sun hotel, Cape Town

The group was established in 1969, when hotelier Sol Kerzner founded the chain of Southern Sun Hotels in partnership with South African Breweries.[20]

Prior to 1994, the group's gambling operations were limited to those hotels located in Apartheid era bantustans, as gambling in the rest of South Africa was heavily restricted. When the new democratic government came to power, gambling was legalised, which enabled the group to add 14 gaming destinations to its portfolio.[21]

Through a process of bid applications, the group acquired five casino licences: Emnotweni (Nelspruit), The Ridge, Hemingways, Montecasino and Suncoast.[22]

An additional two casinos, The Caledon and Blackrock (formerly known as Century Casino), were added to the group's portfolio in 2009 through the acquisition of Century Resorts Limited and Winlen Casino Operators (Pty) Limited. Subsequently a further seven casinos were added to the portfolio through the reverse buy-out of Gold Reef Resorts in 2011: Gold Reef City, Silverstar, Queens, Mykonos, Goldfields, Golden Horse and Garden Route.[23][24][25]

In May 2014, the group announced that it had entered into transaction agreements resulting in Tsogo Sun acquiring a 40% equity interest each in SunWest International and Worcester Casinos. This transaction will give the group a stake in all five casinos located in the Western Cape.[26]

As of 1 June 2017[27] the Tsogo Sun CEO is Jacques Booysen.[28] Jacques Booysen previously served as managing director of Gaming at Tsogo Sun Holdings since April 2007.[29]

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The group notified shareholders on 15 March 2019[30] of a proposed restructuring that would result in a separation of hotel and gaming interests and separate JSE listing[31] of Tsogo Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Gaming.

As of June 12, 2019 Tsogo Sun was split into Tsogo Sun Gaming and Tsogo Sun Hotels. Tsogo Sun Hotels includes individually branded hotels such as the luxury Beverly Hills and Palazzo as well as hotel brands that include Southern Sun, Garden Court, SunSquare and the soon to be launched Hi Hotels.[32][33]

Tsogo Sun Hotels also includes a 59% ownership of Hospitality Property Fund.[34][35] Tsogo Sun Gaming includes casinos precincts such as Montecasino and Gold Reef City as well as ownership of Galaxy Bingo[36] that operates 23 bingo venues across South Africa and V Slots[37] a leading supplier of Limited Pay Out slot machines.


  1. ^Nicole Cassandra Naidoo (16 July 2014). 'Participation essential for Tsogo Sun shareholders'. CNBC Africa. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  2. ^'BRIEF-Tsogo Sun Holdings first-half EBITDAR falls 2 pct'. Reuters. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  3. ^'Tsogo Sun H1 Adjusted HEPS Remains Unchanged'. CNBC Africa. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. ^'Tsogo Sun Holdings completes unbundling of hotel division on the JSE'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^'Tsogo Sun plans hotel listing on June 12'. South Africa News. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^'Tsogo Sun shares surge on separate hotel listing announcement IOL Business Report'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  7. ^'Tsogo Sun Hotels up as 'strong portfolio' draws buyers'. Fin24. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  8. ^'South Africa's Premier Casino And Entertainment Group'. Tsogo Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  9. ^'Tsogo Sun buys Vukani, Galaxy IOL Business Report'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  10. ^'Tsogo Sun boosted by gaming alternatives'. BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  11. ^Esipisu, Isaac (18 October 2013). 'Top executive jobs at Tsogo Sun cut'. CNBC Africa. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  12. ^Matthew Boyle; Kamlesh Bhuckory; Chris Spillane (7 July 2014). 'SABMiller to Sell $1.09 Billion Stake in Tsogo Sun'. Bloomberg News. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  13. ^'Markets Data: Tsogo Sun Holdings Ltd'. Financial Times. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  14. ^Andreas Paleit; Nick Wilson (7 July 2014). 'SABMiller to sell out of African hotel and casino group Tsogo Sun'. Financial Times. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^Clementine Fletcher (15 April 2014). 'SABMiller Mulls Options for $1.04 Billion Tsogo Sun Stake'. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 14 December 2014.
  16. ^'Tsogo Sun plans hotel listing on June 12'. Fin24. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  17. ^'Tsogo Sun Gaming Ltd, TSG:JNB summary -'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  18. ^'Tsogo Sun Hotels Ltd, TGO:JNB summary -'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  19. ^'Investors Tsogo Sun Hotels'. Tsogo Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  20. ^Thomas, Nathalie (7 July 2014). 'SABMiller sheds final remnant of former conglomerate days'. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  21. ^David S. Fick (2000). Rule, Stephen P.; Sibanyoni, Chris (eds.). The Social Impact of Gambling in South Africa: An Initial Assessment for the National Gambling Board. HSRC Press. p. 52. ISBN9780796919717. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  22. ^AbdouMaliq Simone (2008). Nuttall, Sarah; Mbembe, Achille (eds.). Johannesburg: The Elusive Metropolis. Duke University Press. ISBN9780822381211. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  23. ^Baumann, Julius (6 August 2012). 'Gaming groups oppose new Cape Town casino'. Business Day. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  24. ^Hasenfuss, Mark (21 November 2014). 'Tsogo Sun places bet on growing casinos'. Business Day. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  25. ^Staff reporter (18 February 2010). 'Merger creates major SA gaming, hotel company'. Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  26. ^Farhaanah Mahomed (13 May 2014). 'Tsogo Sun acquires a stake in two casino businesses'. CNBC Africa. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  27. ^'Executive Directors – Tsogo Sun Board'. Tsogo Sun. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  28. ^Tsogo Sun gets new CEO. Amended 13 July 2017
  29. ^Jacques Booysen: Executive Profile & Biography – Bloomberg Amended 13 July 2017
  30. ^'Tsogo Sun to restructure hotel interests'. Fin24. 15 March 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  31. ^'Tsogo Sun will bring the largest hotel business in SA to public investors'. BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  32. ^'Tsogo Sun Launches Budget Brand'. Etnw. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  33. ^'New low-cost 'limited service' hotels to launch in South Africa'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  34. ^'Hospitality Property Fund struggles to grow its occupancy rates and income'. BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  35. ^'Welcome to the Hospitality Property Fund'. Tsogo Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  36. ^'Galaxy Bingo - Gaming. Entertainment'. Galaxy Bingo. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  37. ^'VSlots'. Retrieved 27 September 2019.

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