The El Rancho Vegas was designed by Wayne McAllister, and originally included 65 rooms, located in cottages spread across the property. The El Rancho opened on April 3, 1941, with an Old West theme.
The resort proved to be a success, which prompted the opening of other resorts on Highway 91, eventually transforming it into the Las Vegas Strip.
The El Rancho underwent several ownership changes, and was leased in 1948 to a group that included Jake Katleman. When he died in 1950, his nephew, Beldon Katleman, took over ownership.
The El Rancho added an all-you-can-eat buffet in the 1940s, popularizing the buffet concept in Las Vegas.
El Rancho burned down in 1960.
Courtesy UNLV Special Collections.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.