El Cortez Hotel and Casino
Clark County, Nevada
NR Reference Number: 13000010
600 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV
1. Zone: 11 Basting: 667414 Northing: 4004309
When the El Cortez Hotel and Casino opened in 1941, it became the largest and most fashionable hotel/casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas and would remain so for the next decade. The dream of Los Angeles contractor Marion Hicks and business partner John Grayson, the 59-room El Cortez Hotel, built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, was bigger than the Fremont Street clubs and located in the heart of the city. The El Cortez Hotel and Casino, located at 600 Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada, is associated with the economic and entertainment development in Las Vegas in general and on Fremont Street in particular from the early 1940s through the early 1950s. Fremont Street was the center of Las Vegas’ tourism industry and the heart of the city’s entertainment district from its incorporation in 1905 until the early 1950s, when it was supplanted by the booming by the booming resorts along the Las Vegas strip. Although additions were added, the exterior of the original El Cortez Hotel still retains its original appearance.
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