Another of Las Vegas & # 39; Most iconic characters belonged gambling hall Silver Slipper. It was originally opened in 1950 on the property Last Frontier, he was named "Golden Slippers" because the name "Serebryansky slippers" had already been taken, but soon after it opened Silver sneakers emerged, and the name moved to its new home on the Las strip Vegas. Silver sneakers was never a big casino, but due to its location in the center lane and the proximity to the border last he enjoyed great popularity in the seven & # 39; ads, and offers the best buffet in town for 49 quintals.
From a marketing perspective, it seems to me that most of the Strip hotels used desert or pioneer themes for their casinos: Hacienda, Sands, Aladdin, Dunes, Frontier, Sahara, Desert Inn, Stardust, El Rancho Vegas and Bonanza. A few hotels even referred to their Cuban and South Florida roots: Flamingo, Tropicana, and the Riviera.
Considering that hotels and casinos on the Strip have not started to germinate before the end of 1940 with the El Rancho Vegas and Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo with it's interesting that they decided to stop everything. in a particular set of topics, but then again the mafia has never been known for their creativity and risk when said risk does not provide a new and improved style of murder or extortion. I guess they were less concerned about design awards and more interested in anesthesia.
Driving through the sale of his Trans World Airways for $ 546,549,171, Howard X & # 39; juz came to Las Vegas with a look to the future and load funds, but X & # 39; jus was not sure that Las Vegas was where he I wanted to set up. shop. After two years, bouncing back and forth between the East Coast and Las Vegas, as well as careful study of Las Vegas & # 39; Financial potential of X & # 39; SW decided to stay and moved on the top two floors of a deserted hotel with a determination to review the landscape of Las Vegas. Why? Who knows, but Howard X & # 39; juz found sufficient intrigue to keep him an active participant in the growth of the city of Sin City, and in the presence of a bankrupt for a billion dollars, he was an instant force. In fact, his name was so great that the commission on games almost capsized in Nevada, when it's time to consider his application to own a casino. Months and years, the main potential owners, the ink was dry before his aides left the hearing.
So what's with the "Silver slippers" to do with Howard X & # 39; a skid? It seems fair to say that if X & # 39; SW & # 39; moved to Las Vegas, his apparent bipolar behavior and paranoia satellite was well established. X & # 39; SW moved into the wilderness with the express agreement he spent no more than 2 months. This arrangement was fine with the owner, but the penthouse apartment on the top two floors of the hotel were designed for stable high-rollers that came to play in the Christmas holidays, and X & # 39; SW & # 39; staff who were all Mormons are NOT gamblers who do not fall into the arena, and they just do not spend money at the casino or bar. X & # 39; SW asked to leave, and if pressed, press X & # 39; SW wrote a check for $ 13.2 million, assumed ownership of the deserted hotel and started the happy salary unlike anything that Las Vegas has never seen.
But X & # 39; loc are not satisfied, and with the growth of his neurosis and paranoia. Memories of the McCarthy anti-communist hearing also began to weigh on his mind. It intensified by the fact that his suite appeared in front of the street gambling hall "Silver slippers" across the street and the rotating slipper, which rotate on the strip striptease, will reflect the light in his room. He not only got out of it at night, and he knew that hidden in the toe shoe were cameras with the sole purpose to photograph the deserted hotel, its suites and the hotel entrance, trying letapisvats its parishes and hiking. . Angered by the sign, Howard X & # 39; SW sent a telegram to his chief aide, "I want you to buy this place, and that damn sign makes me Soshel & # 39; yatsets, it goes round and round." April 30, 1968 Howard X & # 39; SW acquired a gambling hall "silver sneakers" for $ 5,360,000 million, and it is rumored that his first edict was that to stop rotating silver slippers and fill it with concrete. Surveillance cameras or not, Howard X & # 39; loc finally get a good night. Maybe.
Corporation X & # 39; SW had "Serabrannym slippers" until June 1988, when it was acquired by Margaret Elardi, who controlled the hotel "Frontier" and the adjacent casino. Soon Silver slippers was torn down plans to expand the boundaries, but the union strike and tough economic times put an end to this.
Today, the sign silver slippers uznosshysya sits on the Las Vegas Neon Museum just north of downtown Las Vegas. Slippers are available 24/7, but the museum is open by appointment only meeting. For more information about these tours and costs, please visit their website. For those who revel in the nostalgia of "Old Vegas", the trip to the museum is well worth the journey.
Howard X & # 39; SW moved to Las Vegas November 24, 1966 and died on 5 April 1976 at the age of 70 years. His impact on Las Vegas in the 60s and 70s monumental and came at a time when the interests of the mafia decreased, and corporate interest in Wall Street increased. We will look at this exciting time in Las Vegas & # 39; history in future posts.