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  Walking along the promenade, a swift cool breeze blows in from the Ohio, bringing with it the ghostly whistles of steamboats and the calls of longshoremen as they toss bundles of cotton, textiles and corn to and from the boats along the waterfront. In…
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  The Stardust – From Criminals to Celebrities With a cosmic and astronomical theme, the Stardust opened its doors in 1958. It was occupied 63 acres at the northern edge of The Strip, and was the last casino/resort built in the 1950’s. When it opened, it…
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Though these lights have dimmed, they have stories to tell.  The signs, with their fading color and missing lights, were witnesses to some of the city’s interesting characters and events who have made Vegas what it is.  From the first cafe to infamous…
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  Moulin Rouge Hotel – The End of Segregation in Las Vegas 900 West Bonanza Road If you traveled to Vegas prior to the 1960’s, you would notice that it looks quite different than today. I’m not talking about the architecture…I’m talking about the people.…
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  Tucked between US 41 and Sugar Creek, in west central  Indiana lies a small field.  It is surrounded by a thick underbrush and grove of oak and maple trees.  Just south of the green pasture, a dilapidated wooden structure stands watch; its fading wood…
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    Fun City Motel 2233 Las Vegas Boulevard Built sometime in the early 50’s, the Fun City Motel is best known for its pink color, which still gives it that vintage flair and feeling. The sign is the original sign for the Holiday Motel, which was adapted…
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  TOD Motel 1508 Las Vegas Boulevard Built in 1962, the Tod Motel was known for its tall neon sign, folded plated roof on it car porch. such was the height of the sign, that it could be seen from anywhere along the Strip, providing for a landmark for…
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