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Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas

Flamingo Las Vegas, Las Vegas (must see)

Flamingo Las Vegas (formerly The Fabulous Flamingo and Flamingo Hilton Las Vegas) is the brainchild of the mobster-entrepreneur Bugsy Siegel who had the idea that a resort-style casino out on the road to Los Angeles would attract a higher-class clientele than the Western-themed hotels in downtown Vegas. In late 1945, he and his partners came to Las Vegas piqued by its legalized gambling and off-track betting.

Siegel began by purchasing El Cortez on Fremont Street but his expansion plans were hampered by unfriendly city officials aware of his criminal background, so he began looking for a site outside the city limits. Hearing that Wilkerson was seeking extra funding, Siegel and his partners posed as businessmen and directly bought a two-thirds stake in the project.

Siegel took over the final phases of the construction and convinced more of his underworld associates, such as Meyer Lansky, to invest in the project. Having lavished a great deal of mob's money into it, he reportedly lost patience with the rising costs and reportedly once mentioned to his builder, Del Webb, that he had personally killed 16 men. When Webb appeared scared upon hearing that, Siegel reassured him, "Don't worry – we only kill each other."

Siegel had also built a secret ladder in the "Presidential Suite" to escape, if necessary. The ladder led down to an underground garage where a chauffeured limo was always waiting. Sadly, Bugsy Siegel’s masterpiece didn't save him from getting shot himself in the head after mob bosses, convinced that he was involved in skimming from the investment, ordered him whacked.

The architectural theme of the property is reminiscent of the Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style of Miami and South Beach. Staying true to its theme and name, the hotel includes a garden courtyard which serves as a wildlife habitat for flamingos. The hotel opened in 1946, flopped, re-opened and became a success. The Flamingo is the oldest resort on the Strip still in operation and the last remaining local casino opened before the 1950s that is still in business.

There is a memorial to Bugsy Siegel on the ground of the hotel, next to the Wedding Chapel.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Flamingo Las Vegas
Sight Location: Las Vegas, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Las Vegas, Nevada

Create Your Own Walk in Las Vegas

Create Your Own Walk in Las Vegas

Creating your own self-guided walk in Las Vegas is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Wedding Chapels Walking Tour

Wedding Chapels Walking Tour

Las Vegas is rightfully considered the wedding capital of the world. It is very easy to get married in Las Vegas as the city offers a wide selection of wedding chapels of different styles to make all your dreams come true and make this important day a special one. You may choose a traditional small ceremony or a great costumed party - everything is available. Take the following tour to find out...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Gangster Attractions Tour

Gangster Attractions Tour

Known for its glitz and glamour, Las Vegas wouldn't be what it is without the involvement of mobster “wiseguys”. There are still a few places in the city, like the El Cortez and Flamingo hotels, that evoke the mob-tinged Vegas heyday and inspired a bunch of Hollywood movies. Take this self-guided tour to see some of the most famous mob spots in fabulous Las Vegas that haven't yet...  view more

Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.2 Km or 6.3 Miles
Las Vegas Boulevard Walking Tour

Las Vegas Boulevard Walking Tour

Built amid Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Las Vegas is an iconic destination renowned for its round-the-clock casinos and numerous entertainment options. Las Vegas Strip is one of the greatest entertainment places in the world, as well as the densest collection of neon lights. A walk down the Strip is an all-inclusive Las Vegas experience - an adventure that comprises 75 years of history, glamour and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Downtown Walking Tour

Downtown Walking Tour

Las Vegas has no shortage of exciting tourist attractions, such as peculiar museums (e.g. Neon Museum and Mob Museum), art galleries, cultural centers (Downtown Container Park), and other notable landmarks and sights well worth exploring. Take this self-guided walking tour to see the most interesting tourist hot-spots in downtown Las Vegas.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles

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