600 Fremont

Las Vegas, NV



El Cortez

1941 to now

A pre-1952 postcard from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas.
A nearly pristine book of front strike matches from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas featuring the Buccaneer Bar and the $1.95 steak special!
A very colorful set of swizzle sticks from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas.
Bill Haley and his Comets
El Cortez Las vegas Telephone Lisitng from 1944
April 10, 1952:

We think of a property as having an "owner" but this article shows just how many individuals had an interest in the El Cortez at the time.

Harold Hind
C. Norman Cornwall
R. Julian Moore
William J. Moore
J. K. Housells, Sr.
J. K. Housells, Jr.
Nelson Conway
James E. Wood
Andrew J. Wood
Allen L. Sharpe
James C. Shugart
Kermit Moe
P. J. Goumand
Robert T. Baskins
Joseph H. Kelly
Larin Ronnow
Judd Parker
E. L. Cleveland
J. Edrington Smith



Today’s slot machines use “TITO’s” or ticket in/ticket out. But before that system it was all coins and tokens. You needed something to carry those coins around from machine to machine and then to the cashier.  Originally customers used paper cups supplied by the casinos. Here’s an older example of a paper coin cup that has survived from the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas.
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TCR numbers are used by express permission of SSS Publishing publishers of The Chip Rack.

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