Photo Friday in Las Vegas: So Long, Sahara

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  1. [​IMG]This week marked the passing of one of the Strip’s oldest properties, the Sahara, which opened in 1952. The iconic hotel casino’s demise attracted national attention. In Las Vegas, people expressed mixed views about the closing—the Sahara had become a budget destination, and its age was showing. Despite a valiant effort to bring life to the elderly property with attractions like the Cyber Café and a roller coaster, on Monday, May 16, the doors were closed and the lights turned off. Today’s Photo Friday takes a look at the Sahara in its better days, back when Las Vegas was a small place and the Rat Pack roamed the Strip.
    In 1950, two years before the Sahara opened, Clark County’s population was 48,289. Las Vegas’s population in 2011: 1,951,269. (Source: Las Vegas Sun.) The aerial picture below of the Sahara is undated, but clearly shows a lightly populated Las Vegas.[​IMG]
    In its heyday, big-name performers headlined at the Sahara. It was one of the hotel casinos robbed in the original “Ocean’s 11,” filmed in 1960 and starring the Rat Pack.[​IMG]

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