Original site of Guy McAfee’s 91 Club; later site of Frontier
Las Vegas, Nevada
The second resort on the Strip after the El Rancho, the Last Frontier Hotel opened in 1942 built by movie theater chain owner R.E. Griffith.
The Frontier went through various design, theme and name iterations from its original western village to a space-aged “New Frontier”, until Homer Rissman completely redesigned it in 1966.
Elvis Presley made his first Vegas appearance at the Frontier in 1956 and bombed. The hotel later became home to Siegfried and Roy. Mort Saiger, known as “Mr. Frontier,” was the longtime unofficial “host”. Known as the Last of the Pony Express Riders, he escorted guests on horseback riding outings.
Its later history under anti-union owner Margaret Elardi was dominated by a lengthy and bitter labor dispute. It was demolished in 2009 to make way for a vacant lot.
Location of Project
Last Frontier Hotel and Casino opens
The original site plan is designed by Griffith's nephew, William J. Moore, and Dilbeck, a Dallas architect. Moore soon quits as architect and becomes the hotel's general manager.
Bought by Belden Kartelman of the El Rancho and Jake Kazloff of the Golden Nugget
Kazloff and Guy McAfee sell the hotel to Maury Friedman and Irving Leff of LA, who finish rebuilding the hotel as the New Frontier.
The New Frontier is leased to Warren Bayley of the Hacienda and Vera Krupp.
Bought by Baylye's executor, Bankers Life, who brings back Maury Friedman to tear down the old New Frontier and build a new 500-room Frontier.
The Frontier Operating Company is established, with Steve Wynn taking over the lease. The new owners are accused of mob affiliations, and Howard Hughes purchases the property.
Rebuilt Frontier opens
Margaret Elardi, owner of the non-union Pioneer Hotel in Laughlin, takes over.
The Frontier declines after a 61 month strike by the Culinary, Bartenders and Teamsters Unions; the unions continuously picket the property.
Phil Ruffin settles Frontier strike
The ELAD Group purchases the Frontier
The Frontier is imploded
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