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August 16, 2021

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Isn't that a view, great postcard! Never visited LV, so have no idea what the area is like to see in-person. But from all the tv, movies, ads and YouTube channels that I watch, seems like it's built up clear to those mountains.
Look at that cool Drive-In. Do you know the year? I'm guessing mid-60s?

I'm thinking closer to the time the Stardust was built in the late 50s. There's nothing else around it and by the mid-60s The Strip was happening.

Vintage Vegas dates a photo like this to 1964-1965.
The Drive in in the photo was the first in Las Vegas and opened 3/25/49 as the "Motor Vu Drive In" and closed in 1956. On 3/20/59 the Drive in reopened as the "Stardust Drive In" and closed for the final time in 1968. There was no indication that it was operated by the Stardust Casino.

The amount of land that is developed in this photo matches what can be seen in aerial photos from 1964-1965, and even with the Drive In closing in 1968 the Drive In property was not redeveloped until 1988-1989 as seen in aerial photos.

The Stardust was the largest casino resort in Las Vegas when it opened in 1958. It was operated by men associated with the Chicago and Cleveland crime syndicates. (Info from UNLV Special Collections, not Bill's memory!)

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