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You Can Help Us Solve The Mystery Of Howard Hughes At Venetian

Where: 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
November 27, 2012 at 1:24 PM | by | ()

This has been bothering us for a while and we think you can help. Today marks the 46th anniversary of Howard Hughes walking into the penthouse of the Desert Inn. You know the story. In 1966, the non-gambling Mr. Hughes was asked to leave after a 10-day stay to accommodate some high rollers. The mogul's response: how much to buy the whole place?

By March, Howard Hughes was the new owner and had become a voracious purchaser of Vegas properties. Today, the ghosts of the Desert Inn permeates up through Wynn which sits on top of the rubble of the former resort. But the spirit of Howard Hughes lives on in a very curious way. At the Venetian.

We first saw these signs back in August. And, we first thought it was a movie set. Maybe a commercial? A gimmick for a convention? An inside joke? A secret way to indicate parking for fire or safety vehicles? Security? High level executives? High rollers? An art project? All we know, is the spaces are still there. And, we have never seen anyone park there.

Six self-parking spaces on level 2E. All reserved for Howard Hughes. Not four spaces. Or ten. Oh, it's bothering us.

The Howard Hughes Corporation still exists, but we doubt this is an obscure corporate perk. The Venetian sits on the former Sands Hotel, bought for $23 million in the 60s by, yep, Howard Hughes. Maybe a coincidence. We've checked with the Venetian, but the folks we contacted kindly told us they weren't aware of this parking section. We think we've just not found the right person to ask. So, if you have any ideas, do let us know.

In the meantime, we defer to arch detective Sherlock Holmes for our current theory. His advice: "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Which leads us to our only logical conclusion. The 106-year-old Howard Hughes did not die in 1976, but is alive, well and a very valued Venetian customer. And, if he's available for an interview, he knows how to contact us.

11.30 Update: Please read the comments for the answer to this mystery. Spoiler alert: Hughes is not still alive.

Archived Comments:

Good Question

On the ground floor of the Palace Station garage, the first spot next to the entrance says "Reserved For DW" (UFC head honcho Dana White, who allegedly has spent his share of late nights playing blackjack at his UFC partner's establishment).

No clue on this one, though.


They are reserved for people from the Howard Hughes business complex that is behind the casino on Paradise Road

The Answer

We've learned that @ManInBlack is correct. Well played, @ManInBlack. You are a Vegas smartie!