When you think of bright lights, famous music, and nonstop partying, what city comes to mind? Many people would probably mention Las Vegas. And they’re definitely not wrong. Vegas nowadays is known as the ultimate place to let loose.
But Vegas hasn’t always been this way. Photos discovered in an abandoned casino show the town as it was over 60 years ago, and the differences are absolutely breathtaking. The town definitely isn’t what it used to be, though you can see the groundwork for the Vegas we all know and love.
But see for yourself in these 14 pictures from the early days of the City of Lights. Number 1 could explain why Vegas is sometimes called Sin City!
#14 It Used To Be A Lot Smaller
Even compared to some cities today, Las Vegas isn’t really that big in size or population. But 60 years ago when most of these pictures were taken, the city was downright tiny. The city started out small, but as you see throughout these photos, the size never stopped people from living large!
#13 The Stars Are High And Bright
This incredible image was taken at the Stardust Hotel. An interesting thing to know about this photograph is that those performers are actually dancers taken from the Lido Nightclub in Paris! The performers were so talented that they flew them into the shows in Vegas to bring in even more profits!
#12 The Pools Were Smaller
When you visit Las Vegas now, you’ll see some of the largest swimming pools in the country! But in the 50s, the pools weren’t nearly as big. One of the reasons for the tiny pools was the lack of property that the people actually owned. It also was quite expensive to fill and maintain such a large pool in the middle of the desert!
#11 It Used To Be So Empty
Before this was Sin City, known for all the wonder and amazement you see today, it was just a big plain desert full of small buildings. If you’ve been to Vegas now, you know that you’ll never see buildings as tiny as this. You probably won’t even see as much desert life within the city either!
#10 The King Frequented Sin City
Nowadays, Vegas is known for hosting concerts, stand-up comedy sets, and popular broadway shows. One of the biggest stars from the 50s to always visit the city was the king himself, Elvis Pressley. When looking through old pictures of Elvis, you’ll often see him in Vegas! He wasn’t the only star known to always be in Sin City.