A Bit of Sahara History in an Unexpected Place
2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map]
Wow. It's crazy to think that in two more months, it'll be one year since the closure of The Sahara. And while you can no longer head up the Tunis Tower to your room or chow down on some nummy mashed potatoes in the House of Lords, bits of the Sahara still survive in mothballed attics and basements around the world.
Recently, while perusing a tin of old postcards in Chicago store Brimfield, we spied these two Sahara postcards from 1964, the peak of its life when The Beatles played and stayed here. Back then postcards cost only $.05 and hotels were still touting the fact that they offered both radio and TV, as the postcard's little info paragraph demonstrates:
A 20-acre oasis, located at the start of the Las Vegas strip, featuring 1000 luxurious rooms and suiteswith radio and TV. Beneath the massive 24-story skyscraper and 14-story Sahara tower lies a paradise of resort pleasure with 3 pools, clothing stores and health clubs, 5 restaurants, 9 bars, airline ticket offices and complete convention facilities...set in a glittering atmosphere of gaming fun and entertainment pleasure.
Do you have any mementos of the Sahara?