Las Vegas Strip, 1970's

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Some of you may remember the Tower of Pizza and Sambo's on Las Vegas Boulevard.

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  1. The Rocketeer 81 months ago | reply

    Wouldn't it be cool to go back and watch that Dean Martin performance?

  2. Roadsidepictures 81 months ago | reply

    Bill: The Tahiti Motel was demolished around 1996. I have a couple of pictures of it somewhere.

    Kevin: I remember Dean Martin was always at the MGM Grand. I wasn't old enough to go to his show, though.

  3. Jasperdo 81 months ago | reply

    I remember the Sambo's restaurant chain. It was similar to Denny's and had many locations in the 1970's. They had good food at a decent price.

  4. chathamshooter 81 months ago | reply

    This might be a silly question, but were there any stoplights on the Blvd then? Darned if I can see any.

  5. Roadsidepictures 81 months ago | reply

    Yes, there were. I can remember the light at Tropicana, Flamingo Desert Inn, Convention Center Dr., Circus Circus and Sahara. I'm not sure if there were others.

  6. Colagrl (Susan B.) 81 months ago | reply

    Is this view point where the Welcome to Las Vegas sign would be?

  7. Roadsidepictures 81 months ago | reply

    No, I think this was taken at Tropicana Avenue looking north.

  8. Wishbook 81 months ago | reply

    I remember some of those places, but I didn't remember that huuuge median. :-O They were thinking ahead, they were.

  9. ThePanelist 75 months ago | reply

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  10. Roberto41144 64 months ago | reply

    Has road widening done away with this ridculously wide divider?

  11. jaydex 64 months ago | reply

    wow vegas had a sambo's there is only one of those left now and it's the original one located in santa barbera, california.

  12. Roadsidepictures 64 months ago | reply

    Roberto: Yes, the Strip was widened, then they planted all the palm trees and other foliage in the center.

    jaydex: There were two Sambo's on the Strip, one on Bonanza and at least three others around town. I've been to the Santa Barbara location a couple of times. It's great that it's still operating after all these years!

  13. GeorgeThomasApfel 63 months ago | reply

    The traffic light at Sahara and the Strip was so long a wait that in the 1960's they had a bell that would ring when it was going to change.

    The Tower of Pizza was a popular mob hangout in its day, it was owned by Jasper Speciale, a client of Oscar Goodman. There's a menu for sale through Feb 15 for $299.99:

  14. Roadsidepictures 63 months ago | reply

    The price of that menu is nuts! I'd pay $20 for it.

  15. Twoleaf 63 months ago | reply

    299.00!!!! Geez they are really gonna have to wait for the right buyer on that one.

  16. Roadsidepictures 62 months ago | reply

    It sold for $350! :-/

  17. twostrikes2003 62 months ago | reply

    Those must have been the last few years for Travel Lodge. I remember staying there with my parents. It was kind of pricey but not as reliable as Holiday Inn.

  18. Roadsidepictures 62 months ago | reply

    The TraveLodge is still open!

  19. dedenla 35 months ago | reply

    I used to go to the (Leaning?) Tower of Pizza a lot in 1981 - I thought it was on Tropicana or Flamingo.... does anyone have a photo of it, or the neon sign of the leaning tower?

  20. Twoleaf 35 months ago | reply

    dedenla- look closer at the picture above, its in there

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