The 900 West Bonanza Road address in Las Vegas is a historic landmark.  This address was once the site of the former Las Vegas Moulin Rouge casino..  The Moulin Rouge was the first racially integrated casino.  For this very reason, along with other related obstacles, a number of controversial issues came into play.  The casino had a short lifespan of less than a year.  It opened and closed in 1955.  The former casino and the existing property has always had a turbulent history.  Oddly enough, it all began and ended with a fire.

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Declared a Historic Landmark

Over sixty years have passed. since the Las Vegas Moulin Rouge was built.  In 1992, the property was added to the Historic Registry.  Today, the building is gone. But the Bonanza Road  address is still listed as a historic landmark.  This is in spite of the current condition and state of affairs that the property is in.  This is what one May 2018 news report had to say about it:

“The Moulin Rouge’s remains on the site have fallen into disrepair, and the site has become a place where homeless people seek shelter. Multiple fires ravaged the remaining structures; Las Vegas officials declared them a hazard last year and ordered them razed.

Now the site is largely bare, save for the original crimson-tiled columns that lie in the dirt and a small homeless encampment that recently emerged along a wall at the western edge of the property. The original sign is on display at the Neon Museum’s Neon Boneyard.”  Las Vegas Review Journal

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Reviving a Historic Landmark

Over the years, many attempts have been made to revive this historic landmark.  So far, there has been no success..  This is evident by the continued bad karma that first began attaching itself to the site so long ago.  Perhaps things may change in the near future, if Spec Builders USA Inc has their way.  Spec Builders USA Inc is the most recent prospective buyer for the property.  They have submitted a second deposit (indicating intent to purchase), after forfeiting the first deposit submitted, due to failure to purchase.

The group plans to “…involve Historic Westside residents, Las Vegas and Clark County officials” in the site’s development.  Many residents are skeptical, due to previous failures to revive the location.

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Gaming on the Site

Anyway you look at it, there is money to still be made in connection with this historic location.  Gaming has still been conducted on the site.  This is in spite of the current back and forward about the purchase of the property and the continued controversy.   According to the above-mentioned article, “..the gaming license for the property has been preserved.”  The fate of the property is officially undetermined, but in all this time, gambling has still been allowed.  Century Gaming Technologies even came out to the site with a truckload of slot machines one day this year.   It seems that “a one day only slot machine license” was obtained so gambling could be conducted on the location from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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A Detailed History

Do you want to fully understand the detailed history of this iconic landmark?  Don’t just skim over the details.  Pay attention to the facts, as they are outlined on this and other related sites.  Take time to read about the venue, the black entertainers, and others who were actually there.  While you’re at it, stop and check out the various images and videos that you find posted here and elsewhere.  And by all means, don’t forget to make some time to go buy the book.  Enjoy reading “Lights Out at the Moulin Rouge” and see how much you will learn about this intriguing story.

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