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Moulin Rouge

1955

 
 
Moulin Rouge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
1. Moulin Rouge Marker
Inscription. The first integrated hotel and casino in Las Vegas, the Moulin Rouge opened in May 1955. It is celebrated as a landmark of racial integration in Las Vegas and the United States.

Entertainers from the Las Vegas Strip and Hollywood flocked to its showroom and casino, where celebrities and patrons, black and white, mingled freely – an electrifying experience in segregated Las Vegas. Boxing champ Joe Louis, part owner of the hotel and official greeter, welcomed crowds of gamblers, performers, visitors and locals to the color – blind entertainment venue. The Moulin Rouge successfully challenged the long – standing segregation practices of the Las Vegas hotel – casino industry.

Despite its popularity, the Moulin Rouge closed in October 1955. Although there are several theories about the reasons for its closure, the truth remains a mystery. In 1960, it again played a major role in the community's slow progress towards integration when civic leaders and NAACP officials met at "the Rouge" and informally agreed to desegregate Las Vegas hotels. During the last 50 years, many people have attempted to re – open the fabled resort. Originally built by white investors, the property passed into black ownership in 1989. An arson fire on May 29, 2003, burned the original casino floor and showroom. Fortunately,
Moulin Rouge Prior to the 2010 Demolition image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
2. Moulin Rouge Prior to the 2010 Demolition
Marker is behind red car.
the hotel, commercial area and neon sign were saved. This iconic sign was designed by Betty Willis, the creator of the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the south end of the Strip. (Marker Number 5.)
 
Location. 36° 10.635′ N, 115° 9.228′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on West Bonanza Road (Nevada Route 579), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 920 West Bonanza Road, Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McWilliams' Townsite (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. James the Apostle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westside School (approx. half a mile away); Auction Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Historic Light Standard (approx. 0.6 miles away); Auction Site / First Train Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First Telephone (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
Regarding Moulin Rouge. This site is Stop #5 on the Pioneer Trail. Noted on marker: The Pioneer Trail celebrates the early history of Las Vegas, offering a glimpse of the people and places that made Las Vegas thrive.

From the Pioneer Trail brochure: Much
Moulin Rouge Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 4, 2008
3. Moulin Rouge Hotel
of the original buildings burned in 2003 and 2009, and the remaining casino facade was demolished in 2010. The iconic neon sign, designed by Betty Willis, survived and was moved to the Neon Museum. The site is recognized as a landmark of racial integration in Las Vegas and the United States, and remains listed on the local and National Register of Historic Places.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
 
Also see . . .  Moulin Rouge Hotel & Casino 1955-2007. (Submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.)
 
Categories. African AmericansEntertainmentNotable Buildings
 
Moulin Rouge Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, May 26, 2008
4. Moulin Rouge Hotel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,327 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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