The Oldest Las Vegas Casino Still Standing (The Strip & Downtown)

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Las Vegas is a town that’s continuously reinventing itself. New casinos, shows and attractions spring up on a regular basis. Out with the old, in with the new.  Because of this, many of Vegas’ older casinos are no longer here. They’ve been demolished in order to make room for newer, more modern casinos.  Fortunately, there is at least one casino that has stood the test of time, and in fact, it is the oldest casino in Las Vegas today.

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The Oldest Original Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

When in Las Vegas, you’ll certainly want to visit the Downtown Las Vegas Area originally known as "Glitter Gulch." It’s the spot where Vegas was born and includes many hotels, casinos, and attractions you shouldn’t miss, including Sin City's oldest casino.

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Hotel Nevada on Fremont Street

In 1905, a man named John F. Miller opened a temporary tent hotel – called the Miller Hotel – on his property located at 1 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. He bought the property for just $1,750. The tent hotel operated until the actual hotel and casino was built.

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The Golden Gate Casino is Born

Gambling was popular at the hotel until 1909 when it was made illegal. Despite the closing of the casino, the hotel remained very popular. Gaming was legalized again in 1931 when Miller reopened the casino and renamed the hotel Sal Sagev, which is just Las Vegas spelled backward (clever right?!). The hotel was eventually named the Golden Gate and still operates today.

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First Casino on The Las Vegas Strip

The first casino built on what is now known as the Las Vegas Strip was the Pair-o-Dice Club, established in 1931. While the first resort casino on the Vegas Strip was the El Rancho Vegas, which was opened in 1941.

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