Royal Nevada

Royal Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

The Royal Nevada was developed by a group of Chicago and St. Louis investors who had difficulty acquiring gaming licenses. The hotel casino opened in April 1955, sporting a crown on its façade and the “Dancing Waters” water fountain show, just a day before the Riviera and within a month of the Dunes.  
But 1955 was a bad year on the Strip as all three hotels (and the west side property, Moulin Rouge) all went bankrupt. The Royal Nevada struggled through constant financial trouble, went through a series of owners and operators, and was finally incorporated into the Stardust in 1959 as its convention center and eventually disappeared under later expansions.
The Stardust closed its doors in late 2006 and was demolished to make way for Boyd Gaming’s Echelon project which itself ran into financial problems and was never completed, and now stands as a rusting metal skeleton.
Royal Nevada postcard

Royal Nevada postcard
Royal Nevada at night

Royal Nevada at night
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  • 1954

     Royal Nevada designed by architect Paul Williams and associate architect/engineer John Replogle

  • 1955

    Original owner Frank Fishman sells out before the Royal Nevada opens, then the property is leased to Jake Kozloff

  • 1955

    Royal Nevada Hotel opens

  • 1956

    The Royal Nevada closes on January 1st due to a labor dispute and re-opens in March; At this point, it is being leased to a group from the New Frontier Hotel

  • 1958

    The Royal Nevada Hotel closes

  • 1959

    The Royal Nevada is incorporated into the new Stardust Hotel as its convention center

  • 2006

    The Stardust Hotel closes

  • 2007

    The Stardust Hotel is imploded

Skyline Comments
Photograph of a rendering of the International Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1968:
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Photograph of men playing faro in a Fremont Street casino (Las Vegas), circa 1930:
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Film transparency of the swimming pool and patio of the Thunderbird Hotel (Las Vegas), circa 1950s:
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