Inn Ends Chapter in Las Vegas
50-year-old Desert Inn, a historic Las Vegas resort once owned by
billionaire recluse Howard Hughes who used one of its floors as
his own private reserve, shut its doors forever on August 28, 2000
with its new owners planning to rip it down to make way for a mega-complex.
Mogul Steve Wynn bought the Desert Inn for $270 million last June
shortly after stepping down as chief executive officer of Mirage
Resorts Inc., which was purchased by MGM Grand Inc. in May to form
Inn is one of the oldest properties on the Las Vegas Strip. The
resort was the fifth Las Vegas Strip property - and one of the largest
- when Wilbur Clark completed it in 1950 at a cost of $3.5 million.
The fabled resort had 300 hotel rooms, a casino, a spa and two restaurants.
resort's casino closed at 2:00 am on August 25, and the doors closed
to the public for good 12 hours later, said spokeswoman Caroline
Coyne. "It's a time of nostalgia and melancholy because it's hard
to say goodbye under any
Inn was one of Southern Nevada's largest resorts when it opened
on April 24, 1950.
circumstances," she said, speaking for the employees and some of
the guests who came to pay their last respects.
plans to demolish the present complex within seven months and build
a new 59-story resort on the site. He said the new complex would
not be called the Desert Inn, but he has no disclosed a new name.
Dave Koz will perform at Sunset
Station Hotel Casino's outdoor amphitheater on September 23, 2000.
Sunset Station show will included an electric mix of music,
including tracks from his ablum Off
The Beaten Path, which includes an arry of "sounds"
such as guitar, mandolin, accordion and harmonica.
at 8:00 pm
$28, $33 plus tax
more information, call the Sunset Station box office at (702)