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Las Vegas In The 1990s: Fascinating Photos That Will Take You Back In Time

In the 1990s, businesses, hotels, and casinos started looking for alternate ways of getting visitors to open their wallets, so they tried a different approach and promoted Las Vegas as a family vacation destination. The Excalibur Hotel, MGM Grand Adventures Park, and Casinos opened on the Las Vegas Strip started the Sin City’s family-friendly era. The 1990s was the era of mega-hotels and theme parks. In 1993, a unique pink-domed 5-acre indoor amusement park, Grand Slam Canyon, became part of the Circus Circus hotel. Las Vegas elected its first female mayor, Jan Laverty Jones. The Neon Museum was founded in 1996 that features signs from old casinos and other businesses displayed outdoors on 2.62 acres.

Several movies were also made that kept the freedom and pop culture of the city alive such as ‘Indecent Proposal (1993)’, ‘Leaving Las Vegas (1995)’ and ‘Showgirls (1995)’. Here below are some photos that will take you back to the 1990s Las Vegas.

Check out some other stunning photos of Las Vegas from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

#1 Vegas World sign, 1991

Vegas World sign, 1991

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#2 Las Vegas strip at night, 1990

Las Vegas strip at night, 1990

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#3 Holy Cow! Brewery, Las Vegas Blvd S & Sahara, June 27, 1996.

Holy Cow! Brewery, Las Vegas Blvd S & Sahara, June 27, 1996.

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#4 Fremont Street Las Vegas March 1994

Fremont Street Las Vegas March 1994

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#5 Fremont St, Las Vegas, 1993

Fremont St, Las Vegas, 1993

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#6 Las Vegas Blvd, 1990

Las Vegas Blvd, 1990

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#7 El Rancho, Las Vegas, 1991.

El Rancho, Las Vegas, 1991.

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#8 Stratosphere under construction, Las Vegas, 1994.

Stratosphere under construction, Las Vegas, 1994.

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#9 Construction of Fremont Street Experience, August 1995

Construction of Fremont Street Experience, August 1995

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#10 Huntridge Theater, July 10, 1996

Huntridge Theater, July 10, 1996

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#11 Installation of the sign at Rio Las Vegas, 1990

Installation of the sign at Rio Las Vegas, 1990

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#12 Under the marquee of 4 Queens, Fremont St, August 1966

Under the marquee of 4 Queens, Fremont St, August 1966

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#13 Excalibur, before it’s grand opening. Las Vegas, 1990

Excalibur, before it’s grand opening. Las Vegas, 1990

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#14 Golden Goose & Glitter Gulch c. 1990

Golden Goose & Glitter Gulch c. 1990

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#15 Normandie Motel, 708 S Las Vegas Blvd.

Normandie Motel, 708 S Las Vegas Blvd.

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#16 At work on the Flamingo, 1995.

At work on the Flamingo, 1995.

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#17 Vegas World closed. Stratosphere under construction. Las Vegas, 1995.

Vegas World closed. Stratosphere under construction. Las Vegas, 1995.

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#18 Hacienda, December 31, 1996 – fireworks show right before the tower implosion.

Hacienda, December 31, 1996 – fireworks show right before the tower implosion.

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#19 Wee Kirk O’ The Heather, April 9, 1955

Wee Kirk O’ The Heather, April 9, 1955

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#20 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, 1993

MGM Grand, Las Vegas, 1993

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#21 Downtown Las Vegas, 1990

Downtown Las Vegas, 1990

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#22 Construction of Bellagio, c. 1996.

Construction of Bellagio, c. 1996.

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#23 Rio, Las Vegas, 1990

Rio, Las Vegas, 1990

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#24 Las Vegas Strip, July 1992

Las Vegas Strip, July 1992

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#25 Dunes & Oasis Casino, August 1990

Dunes & Oasis Casino, August 1990

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#26 Las Vegas, Fisher, and Star View motels in 1999.

Las Vegas, Fisher, and Star View motels in 1999.

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#27 Flamingo, Las Vegas, 1990

Flamingo, Las Vegas, 1990

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#28 The Algiers Hotel, Las Vegas, 1990s

The Algiers Hotel, Las Vegas, 1990s

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#29 Vegas World, 1991.

Vegas World, 1991.

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#30 Golden Goose and Glitter Gulch, Las Vegas, 1991.

Golden Goose and Glitter Gulch, Las Vegas, 1991.

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#31 Poolside at Shangri-La Bar, Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, 1991.

Poolside at Shangri-La Bar, Imperial Palace, Las Vegas, 1991.

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#32 Desert Rose Motel, Las Vegas Strip, 1995.

Desert Rose Motel, Las Vegas Strip, 1995.

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#33 Landmark Hotel. Las Vegas, 1995.

Landmark Hotel. Las Vegas, 1995.

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#34 Harrah’s Las Vegas, 1995.

Harrah’s Las Vegas, 1995.

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#35 Construction of Fremont Street Experience, Summer 1995.

Construction of Fremont Street Experience, Summer 1995.

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#36 1-Hour Duo-Cleaning at Strip Centre, Las Vegas, 1991.

1-Hour Duo-Cleaning at Strip Centre, Las Vegas, 1991.

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#37 Las Vegas, June 1990s

Las Vegas, June 1990s

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#38 Wreckage of the Las Vegas Hilton sign after a storm, July 21, 1994.

Wreckage of the Las Vegas Hilton sign after a storm, July 21, 1994.

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#39 Mid-Towner Hotel, 211 N. 7th St., Las Vegas, 1990

Mid-Towner Hotel, 211 N. 7th St., Las Vegas, 1990

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#40 Desert Inn, March 21, 1997

Desert Inn, March 21, 1997

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#41 Driving up the Strip, December 1990

Driving up the Strip, December 1990

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#42 Rio Las Vegas, 1990

Rio Las Vegas, 1990

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#43 Denny’s and Joey’s New Yorker on the right, present location of Casino Royale.

Denny’s and Joey’s New Yorker on the right, present location of Casino Royale.

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#44 Fremont & Main – view from the top of Plaza Hotel.

Fremont & Main – view from the top of Plaza Hotel.

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#45 Holiday Casino at night, Las Vegas, 1990

Holiday Casino at night, Las Vegas, 1990

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#46 Las Vegas Transit, October 1991. South of Tropicana.

Las Vegas Transit, October 1991. South of Tropicana.

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#47 Bourbon Street and Maxim on Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, 1991

Bourbon Street and Maxim on Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, 1991

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#48 Luxor Hotel & Casino under construction, c. November, 1992.

Luxor Hotel & Casino under construction, c. November, 1992.

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#49 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, 1992

Fremont Street, Las Vegas, 1992

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#50 Binion’s Horseshoe, Las Vegas, November 1992

Binion’s Horseshoe, Las Vegas, November 1992

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#51 El Cortez, Las Vegas, 1992

El Cortez, Las Vegas, 1992

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#52 Lady Luck – 3rd & Ogden – 1992

Lady Luck - 3rd & Ogden - 1992

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#53 Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, December 1992

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, December 1992

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#54 South 3rd St & Utah Ave, Las Vegas

South 3rd St & Utah Ave, Las Vegas

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#55 Building the Luxor pyramid, April 1, 1993

Building the Luxor pyramid, April 1, 1993

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#56 Excalibur, Las Vegas, 1993.

Excalibur, Las Vegas, 1993.

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#57 Casino Royale, Las Vegas, 1994-1995

Casino Royale, Las Vegas, 1994-1995

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#58 Fremont Street just after being closed to traffic, 1994

Fremont Street just after being closed to traffic, 1994

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#59 Caesars Palace. Las Vegas, April 11, 1994.

Caesars Palace. Las Vegas, April 11, 1994.

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#60 Sands. Las Vegas, 1994.

Sands. Las Vegas, 1994.

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#61 Black Jack Motel, 2809 Fremont

Black Jack Motel, 2809 Fremont

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#62 Royal Hotel & Casino, Convention Center Dr, June 1995

Royal Hotel & Casino, Convention Center Dr, June 1995

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#63 Main Street, Las Vegas, June 1995.

Main Street, Las Vegas, June 1995.

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#64 Stratosphere during construction, September 1995.

Stratosphere during construction, September 1995.

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#65 Sands Hotel. Las Vegas, 1995.

Sands Hotel. Las Vegas, 1995.

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#66 Riviera on the Las Vegas Strip, July 1995.

Riviera on the Las Vegas Strip, July 1995.

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#67 Cardinal Motel, 1996

Cardinal Motel, 1996

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#68 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1996

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 1996

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#69 Las Vegas Strip, October 1997

Las Vegas Strip, October 1997

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#70 Starship Orion and Countryland, Las Vegas, 1997.

Starship Orion and Countryland, Las Vegas, 1997.

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#71 Entering Oz. MGM Grand, Las Vegas, 1994-1995.

Entering Oz. MGM Grand, Las Vegas, 1994-1995.

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#72 Construction of Mandalay Bay, 1977

Construction of Mandalay Bay, 1977

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  1. I grew up here. Fremont Street experience was such a big disappointment for a child. My family used to drive to the strip and down Fremont street to see all the glittering mascots. Now it’s just a ceiling showing explosions while Imagine Dragons blasts out.