Discovering Vintage Las Vegas: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Restaurants, Casinos, & More

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Rowman & Littlefield, Nov 18, 2014 - Travel - 240 pages

Discovering Vintage Las Vegas takes you back in time to all of the timeless classic spots this city has to offer. The book spotlights the charming stories that tell you what each place is like now and how it got that way from classic restaurants to shops to other establishments like the casinos that still thrive today and evoke the unique character of the city. They’re all still around—but they won’t be around forever. Start reading, and start your discovering now!

 

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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Discovering Vintage Las Vegas: A Guide to the City's Timeless Shops, Restaurants, Casinos, & More by Paul W. Papa takes readers on a trip to Las
Vegas and helps them discover the place and its timeless beauty. Although the place is known for its casinos, the author reveals that there is more to Las Vegas than just its strip casinos. The author shares with readers places of recognized and enduring interest. The book gives a peek into this amazing place that many call their home. The book is informative as well as engaging and will give readers an opportunity to discover "vintage Vegas" in current times.
The author has covered the vintage places of the city extensively and the pictures and signs increase the credibility of the author's voice and expressions. The book not only works as a history lesson, but also as a tourist guide to those who are on a trip to Las Vegas and are only aware of the casinos that make the place unique. I found the pictures colorful and they capture the essence of the place beautifully, lending interest to the topics discussed.
The exquisite descriptions of all the vintage spots will definitely tempt readers to travel to Las Vegas. The stories that accompany these vintage spots are entertaining and charming, and help readers connect in a better way. The book brings nostalgia to all those who have lived in Las Vegas and traveled to the place, and will definitely lure those who have not yet been there. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It is informative and it's a book that all travel enthusiasts will enjoy reading.
 

Contents

Atomic Liquors
1
The Auto Collection
6
Battistas Hole in the Wall
10
Bonanza Gift and Souvenir Shops
14
Boulder Dam Hotel
19
Bugsy Siegels Monument at the Flamingo
24
Champagnes Café
30
Chapel of the Flowers
34
Lost Vegas Antiques
122
The Midway at Circus Circus
126
MJ Christensen Diamonds
130
The Mob Museum
134
National Atomic Testing Museum
138
The Neon Museum
143
The Omelet House
148
Pamplemousse Le Restaurant
152

Chicago Joes
38
The Clark County Museum
42
Di Bella Flowers and Gifts
47
Doņa Maria Tamales Restaurant
51
El Cortez Hotel Casino
55
Ethel M Chocolates
60
Farm Basket
64
Frankies Tiki Room
68
Freeds Bakery
72
Gamblers General Store
76
The Golden Gate Hotel Casino
80
Golden Steer Steakhouse
84
Guardian Angel Cathedral
89
Hahns World of Surplus
93
Historic Fremont Street
97
Hugos Cellar
103
Hush Puppy Restaurant
106
Jesses Barber Shop
110
The Little Church of the West
113
A Little White Chapel
117
The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
156
Pieros Italian Cuisine
160
Pinball Hall of Fame
165
Plant World Nursery
169
Retro Vegas
173
Ricks Restorations
177
Siena Italian Authentic Trattoria and Deli
182
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
187
Tiffanys Cafe
193
Trop Aquarium
197
Village Meat and Wine
201
West Wind Las Vegas 6 Drivein
204
Williams Costume Company
208
Young Electric Sign Company
212
Appendix A
216
Appendix B
219
Appendix C
221
Photo Credits
223
Index
224
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Paul W. Papa is an American storyteller who lived in Laramie, Wyoming, until, after shoveling himself out of one too many six-foot snowdrifts, he strapped a snow shovel onto the front of his vehicle and drove south until someone asked him what it was. He landed in Las Vegas, Nevada (where, by the way, it does not snow), and quickly developed a love for writing true stories about uncommon events. Having never forgotten his Wyoming roots, Paul continues to be fascinated by stories of the once Wild West. He now owns a business that concentrates on nonfiction, technical, and commercial writing. Paul is the author of several books, including It Happened in Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press) and Haunted Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press). When not at his keyboard, Paul can be found on the trails of Bootleg Canyon riding his mountain bike, hiking around Red Rock Canyon, or on the waters of the Colorado in his kayak.

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