The Thunderbird, Las Vegas 1970s
The Thunderbird, Las Vegas 1970s

The Thunderbird, Las Vegas 1970s

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According to UNLV Collections: "The Thunderbird, with its striking deco Indian thunderbird sign, opened with Nat King Cole headlining on September 2, 1948. The resort was the brainchild of Lt. Governor of Nevada Cliff Jones and developer/contractor Marion Hicks.

Hicks, who also built the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas, designed the Thunderbird as the first hotel/casino on the Strip to feature a porte-cochere - a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through. It was also the only Strip resort to house a bowling alley. Along with the Royal Nevada and the Moulin Rouge, the Thunderbird was a casualty of 1955 when its gaming license was suspended for suspected mob ties. The resort went through several owners and name changes: the Thunderbird, Silverbird (1977-1981) and finally the El Rancho Casino (1982-1992), before it was finally put to rest in 1992 and imploded in 2000.

Although it didn't have the star attraction of the Sands or Sahara, the Thunderbird did bring to Las Vegas its first (abbreviated) Broadway show, The Flower Drum Song, in 1961."

Courtesy Private Collection.

Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson archival inks. Custom printed with border for matting and framing.

Each order includes a print of the interior menu.

All printed in USA.

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