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1970s Las Vegas: Striking Pictures From The Glory Days Of The Entertainment Capital

In the 1970s, Las Vegas was thriving with 24 hours gambling, showgirls, casinos, restaurants, and hotels illuminated with neon lights. There were high and low budget burlesque shows like Burlesque and Branded. Live music was the norm in every casino, with fantastic groups entertaining for free. Food was excellent, from gourmet dining to the 99 cent breakfasts and $5 steak special downtown. The Las Vegas city hall was finally completed and opened for the public in 1973. Here below are some fantastic vintage photos that give a glimpse of 1970s Las Vegas.

Be sure to check out, what Las Vegas looked like in the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s.

#1 Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas, 1973.

Fremont Street, Downtown Las Vegas, 1973.

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#2 Neon sign graveyard in Las Vegas, 1977.

Neon sign graveyard in Las Vegas, 1977.

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#3 ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada, November 1975.

'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada, November 1975.

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#4 The Mint and Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

The Mint and Binion's Horseshoe Hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

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#5 A view of the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Riviera Boulevard, the Morocco Motel and Sands Hotel are in the background in November 1975 in Las Vegas

A view of the intersection of the Las Vegas Strip and Riviera Boulevard, the Morocco Motel and Sands Hotel are in the background in November 1975 in Las Vegas

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#6 A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975

A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975

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#7 A hoarding advertising an appearance by The Osmonds at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas from July to August 1974.

A hoarding advertising an appearance by The Osmonds at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas from July to August 1974.

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#8 A large sign outside Circus Circus, Las Vegas, 1977.

A large sign outside Circus Circus, Las Vegas, 1977.

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#9 A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975.

A view of the pool at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in November 1975.

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#10 Coin Castle, a waving cowboy sign, and the Golden Nugget hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

Coin Castle, a waving cowboy sign, and the Golden Nugget hotel in Las Vegas, March 1975.

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#11 Whittlese Blue Cab with an ad for Helen Reddy at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Whittlese Blue Cab with an ad for Helen Reddy at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#12 A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in October 1977.

A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) in October 1977.

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#13 Winner of Poker Championship 1977, Doyle Brunson takes home $340,000, Las Vegas, 1977.

Winner of Poker Championship 1977,  Doyle Brunson takes home $340,000, Las Vegas, 1977.

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#14 Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla at the George Klein’s wedding party, Las Vegas, 1970.

Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla at the George Klein's wedding party, Las Vegas, 1970.

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#15 One of the largest casino rooms in Las Vegas, 1971.

One of the largest casino rooms in Las Vegas, 1971.

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#16 Golden Nugget’s 5th Annual Celebrity softball game, Las Vegas, 1977.

Golden Nugget's 5th Annual Celebrity softball game, Las Vegas, 1977.

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#17 Traffic on an avenue in Las Vegas, November 1979.

Traffic on an avenue in Las Vegas, November 1979.

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#18 Beautiful view of Las Vegas at night, 1975.

Beautiful view of Las Vegas at night, 1975.

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#19 A view of downtown Las Vegas, 1975.

A view of downtown Las Vegas, 1975.

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#20 Neon signs advertising the casinos and saloons of Las Vegas, outside Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel, 1975.

Neon signs advertising the casinos and saloons of Las Vegas, outside Binion's Horseshoe Hotel, 1975.

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#21 A row of fruit machines or one-armed bandits in Las Vegas, March 1975.

A row of fruit machines or one-armed bandits in Las Vegas, March 1975.

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#22 Candlelight Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Candlelight Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#23 Private planes parked at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, 1975.

Private planes parked at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas, 1975.

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#24 A view of a billboard for the Burlesque Palace in November 1975 in Las Vegas

A view of a billboard for the Burlesque Palace in November 1975 in Las Vegas

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#25 Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street at night, 1977.

Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street at night, 1977.

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#26 Downtown Las Vegas at the evening, 1977.

Downtown Las Vegas at the evening, 1977.

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#27 A view of entrance to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

A view of entrance to the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#28 A view of the Castaways Hotel Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

A view of the Castaways Hotel Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#29 Las Vegas at night, 1978.

Las Vegas at night, 1978.

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#30 A demonstration outside the Las Vegas Sands casino and resort in Nevada, 1971.

A demonstration outside the Las Vegas Sands casino and resort in Nevada, 1971.

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#31 Cher with George Burns at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1979.

Cher with George Burns at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1979.

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#32 Caterina Valente with Rudi Carrell in Las Vegas, 1973.

Caterina Valente with Rudi Carrell in Las Vegas, 1973.

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#33 A billboard announcing Ella Fitzgerald live in a hotel casino, ‘Flamingo’, 1971.

A billboard announcing Ella Fitzgerald live in a hotel casino, 'Flamingo', 1971.

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#34 Las Vegas, On the ‘Strip’ road bordered with palaces and casinos, the ‘Tropicana’, 1971.

Las Vegas, On the 'Strip' road bordered with palaces and casinos, the 'Tropicana', 1971.

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#35 Pioneer Club, Las Vegas, 1979.

Pioneer Club, Las Vegas, 1979.

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#36 French Boxer Gratien Tonna in a horse ranch in Las Vegas, 1978.

French Boxer Gratien Tonna in a horse ranch in Las Vegas, 1978.

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#37 Golden Nugget Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard, 1979.

Golden Nugget Casino on Las Vegas Boulevard, 1979.

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#38 A view of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and pool in October 1977 in Las vegas

A view of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel and pool in October 1977 in Las vegas

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#39 View of neon signs along Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1979.

View of neon signs along Fremont Street, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1979.

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#40 Holiday Casino, Las Vegas, 1972

Holiday Casino, Las Vegas, 1972

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#41 Las Vegas Boulevard at Night, 1979

Las Vegas Boulevard at Night, 1979

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#42 A view of Foxy’s Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

A view of Foxy's Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#43 Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#44 The Golden Nugget gambling hall, Las Vegas, 1976.

The Golden Nugget gambling hall, Las Vegas, 1976.

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#45 Circus Circus, Denny’s Restaurant and a Phillips 66 gas station, Las Vegas, 1977.

Circus Circus, Denny's Restaurant and a Phillips 66 gas station, Las Vegas, 1977.

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#46 Centerfold Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Centerfold Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#47 Two female spectators looking at John McEnroe of the United States during the Alan King Tennis Classic on 23 April 1979 at Las Vegas.

Two female spectators looking at John McEnroe of the United States during the Alan King Tennis Classic on 23 April 1979 at Las Vegas.

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#48 Alice Cooper with his wife Sheryl Goddard at the Kenny Rogers Golden Nugget celebrity softball game in Las Vegas, 1977.

Alice Cooper with his wife Sheryl Goddard at the Kenny Rogers Golden Nugget celebrity softball game in Las Vegas, 1977.

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#49 The front of Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, March 1975.

The front of Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, March 1975.

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#50 A planning meeting on a building site in the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, 1975.

A planning meeting on a building site in the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, 1975.

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#51 Actress Debbie Reynolds, seated on a craps table in the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, 1971.

Actress Debbie Reynolds, seated on a craps table in the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, 1971.

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#52 Actress Jane Fonda at a welfare rights march in Las Vegas, 1971.

Actress Jane Fonda at a welfare rights march in Las Vegas, 1971.

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#53 MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#54 Firefighters and fire engine in the streets of Las Vegas, 1975.

Firefighters and fire engine in the streets of Las Vegas, 1975.

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#55 Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Las Vegas Police investigate a crime outside the Village Inn Pancake House on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#56 Freemont Street, Las Vegas, 1977.

Freemont Street, Las Vegas, 1977.

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#57 A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) and the Desert Inn Hotel in November 1975

A view of the Las Vegas Strip (Boulevard) and the Desert Inn Hotel in November 1975

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#58 Whittlese Blue Cab on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Whittlese Blue Cab on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#59 Sean Connery poses as James Bond in a scene from the move ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ in 1971 in Las Vegas

Sean Connery poses as James Bond in a scene from the move 'Diamonds Are Forever' in 1971 in Las Vegas

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#60 Landmark Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

Landmark Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, 1975.

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#61 4 Queens Hotels at night, 1977.

4 Queens Hotels at night, 1977.

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#62 Candidate Jimmy Carter at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas during his presidential campaign, 1976.

Candidate Jimmy Carter at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas during his presidential campaign, 1976.

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#63 Las Vegas showgirl, 1976.

Las Vegas showgirl, 1976.

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#64 Elvis Presley holds a press conference at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel to announce his upcoming concert ‘Aloha from Hawaii’, 1972.

Elvis Presley holds a press conference at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel to announce his upcoming concert 'Aloha from Hawaii', 1972.

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#65 Muhammad Ali fighting against British boxer Joe Bugner during their heavyweight fight at Las Vegas Convention Centre, 1973.

Muhammad Ali fighting against British boxer Joe Bugner during their heavyweight fight at Las Vegas Convention Centre, 1973.

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#66 Bernie Taupin with Freddie Mercury of Queen at a post-concert party in Las Vegas, 1977.

Bernie Taupin with Freddie Mercury of Queen at a post-concert party in Las Vegas, 1977.

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#67 Hannelore Kramm with Henio at the Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, 1978.

Hannelore Kramm with Henio at the Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas, 1978.

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#68 French Actor Thierry Le Luron in Las Vegas, 1977.

French Actor Thierry Le Luron in Las Vegas, 1977.

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#69 Tennis Player Jimmy Connors during a match, Las Vegas, 1975.

Tennis Player Jimmy Connors during a match, Las Vegas, 1975.

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#70 A painted figure depicting a Southern Belle in Las Vegas, March 1975.

A painted figure depicting a Southern Belle in Las Vegas, March 1975.

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#71 Talk show host Merv Griffin showcasing Merv Griffin Blvd in Las Vegas, 1975.

Talk show host Merv Griffin showcasing Merv Griffin Blvd in Las Vegas, 1975.

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#72 A view of downtown Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street, 1975.

A view of downtown Las Vegas Boulevard and Freemont Street, 1975.

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