Came across this awesome picture taken in Downtown Las Vegas in the early 1970s, as part of the Documerica Project. Charles O’Rear – retired longtime National Geographic photographer – took it during his travels around the American Southwest. In 1972, the Vegas Strip was new and the downtown core of original casinos still ruled the roost. After a long decline, the older part of Vegas began seeing a resurgence in activity that now gives visitors a taste of what the town was like in the days of the Rat Pack.
Below is a picture of the same corner – courtesy Google camera car – circa 2009. The 4 Queens Casino is still across the street. The overhead covering in the picture is part of Vegas’ famous Fremont Street Light Show.
The Golden Nugget Casino – On Wiki
Charles O’Rear’s view of The American Southwest – On Flickr
Bio for Charles O’Rear – On Wine Views