What are your memories of growing up in Las Vegas?



I grew up in Las Vegas during the 1960s and some of the 1970s, when the city was smaller and the population was much smaller. We lived at a various times, in three distinctly different parts of town.

We originally lived on Magnet Street in North Town, just off Las Vegas Blvd. North. There was an Arctic Circle drive-in across the highway that featured cold drinks, ice cream and hamburgers. We were not to cross the Blvd. without an adult.

There was a Wimpy's nearby and a small motor lodge motel. I went to Quannah S. McCall grade school with the owners' daughter.

Wimpy's in 2010

Wimpy's in 2010


I remember the stricken look on my teacher's face as she announced that President John Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas and we were all to go home right away.

In 1963 we moved on up to Charleston Heights which at that time, to a youngster, seemed like traveling to the far side of the moon.

There was an air-raid signal atop my elementary school, Rose Warren, in Charleston Heights. We were for years, the last house on Bristol Way and beyond us, it was desert all the way to the Calico Basin with a couple of bars and maybe a gas station or two in between. There was no Charleston Rainbow housing development back then, we were the end of the line.

The rest of the story is here:

It's all up on the new blog at ClassicLasVegasblog.com

Be sure to share your memories with us!

Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:40PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

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It has all the great content you enjoy here, just upgraded to a newer platform that is accessible for mobile phones and tablets.


All the content from this site, is available there!

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 9:58PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

The Story of Classic Las Vegas coming to Vegas PBS this month!



Our documentary, The Story of Classic Las Vegas, is coming to Vegas PBS, Channel 10, this month.

The critically acclaimed film, a historic overview  of the city's history, is told by the men and women who helped make that history aIt features a bevy of Las Vegas pioneers and their families. It also features some never before seen photographs and rare home movies.

We interviewed over 130 people as part of the overall preservation project and since we began the project back in 2003, we have lost over 40 participants.

We hope you will tune in and watch. It's a look at Las Vegas history that rarely gets told and we hope you enjoy it!

Here is the broadcast schedule:

Thursday, October 30 at 9 p.m.

On Nevada Day, Friday, October 31 at 10 p.m.

Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 22 at 5 p.m.

 We also have a few overnight plays (so set those DVRs!!)

Friday, October 31 at 2 a.m.

Saturday, November 1 at 3 a.m.

Monday, November 3 at 4 a.m.

Here is the trailer:


If you would like to buy a DVD of the documentary, you can do so here:


Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4:47PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

Broadway in Las Vegas- Remember When?

We have a new gallery of show programs from some of the Broadway musicals that played the showrooms on the Las Vegas Strip back in the 1960s/1970s including this gem with Juliet Prowse:

If you saw any of these shows back then or worked on them, we want to hear from you!


It's all up on the new blog at classiclasvegasblog.com

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:53PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment

When the Beatles played Las Vegas



Fifty years ago this Wednesday, the Beatles performed onstage at the Las Vegas Convention Center in the old Rotunda. We look back at that night with those who were there.

Interviews with Stan Irwin, the man responsible (along with Herb MacDonald) for signing the Beatles, Don English, the Las Vegas News Bureau photographer who shot many of the iconic photos from that visit, Bill Conger of the LV Sheriff's Department who was working that night and those who were in the audience!

It's all up on the new blog at ClassicLasVegasblog.com

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:44PM by Registered CommenterLasVegasLynn | CommentsPost a Comment
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