Before the Sahara Closed - Las Vegas in the 1950's

Next year would have been Sahara Hotel and Casino's 60th birthday. Sadly, it closed today after 59 years in business. It has a history of great performers there, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Dean Martin... the list goes on and on. Bobby Darin, who would have celebrated his 75th birthday just two days ago, also performed there. 

What did Las Vegas look like back in the days when these great performers performed at the Sahara? 

Spectacular! I found this video on YouTube that shows Las Vegas 55 years ago - in 1956. 

You'll see The Golden Nugget, the Thunderbird Hotel, The Silver Slipper, The New Frontier, The Flamingo, the Desert Inn,  The Tropicana, and, of course, The Sahara. Betty Hutton was performing there, and you'll get to see a tiny bit of that at the end of the video. I loved the Vegas Christmas decorations! Plus, I loved seeing the signs lit up at night. Dazzling! There's nothing like vintage lighted signs!

Thank you to  for posting this home movie of Las Vegas that he filmed when he was just 15 years old. So glad he filmed it back then and posted it to YouTube so that people like me who missed out can see it today!