Hotels & Casinos

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas

Discover five things you didn’t know about the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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The Flamingo is an iconic building in Las Vegas that’s been featured in films like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Casino. These movies show the Flamingo’s elegance and luxury.

However, the bustling casino depicted in the movies isn’t the same Flamingo that stands today. The original resort was slowly torn down and rebuilt over the years.

Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the Flamingo.

1. Mobster Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 26, 1946. It cost $6 million to open and consisted of 105 rooms, built courtyard-style.

2. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the first major casino in the city. That honor belongs to the Golden Gate.

3. Construction workers eradicated the last piece of the vintage Flamingo Hotel structure on December 14, 1993.

4. Not many people know this, but experts actually created the hotel garden on-site.

5. Not even a little piece of the Flamingo today can be traced back to the original model, the Fabulous Flamingo.

However, you can still enjoy the spirit of the retro model. Click here to find free parking on the Strip if you want to visit the casino and check out the action for yourself.

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  • MonicaViera

    Monica Viera is an author and poet from East LA. She enjoys punk rock, cats, and jazz. You can find her work at www.wordsbymonica.com

Monica Viera is an author and poet from East LA. She enjoys punk rock, cats, and jazz. You can find her work at www.wordsbymonica.com

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