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Flamingo

 

Donny and Marie adorn the side of the Flamingo as the hotel's headliners, replacing Toni Braxton when she developed health problems. 

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The Flamingo started operations on December 26, 1946 as the "Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino"; Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel named the resort after his girlfriend Virginia Hill, whom he nicknamed "Flamingo" because of her skinny legs.  The Flamingo at that time had only 105 rooms--today it has 3,626 rooms.  This is a picture from the Flamingo garden inside the resort.

 

 

The casino of the Flamingo.

 

The gaming tables of the Flamingo.  To the right and in the background is Bugsy's Bar. 

 
 

A view of the old section of the Flamingo on the north-side--near the new Margaritaville Casino.

 
 

The elegant and "old-Vegas- feel" elevator area.

 

Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on the north side of the Flamingo along the Strip. 

 
  

Margaritaville now has its own casino inside the Flamingo. 

 

One of the gaming areas of Margaritaville. 

 

Photo by Gil Davis

Margaritaville entertainers during New Year's.

  
 

The Flamingo, vibrant pink, on December 30, 2012. 

 

Looking into the Flamingo garden area from the 15th floor. 

 

Panning to the right from the above photo. 

 

A daytime shot of a previous picture taken at night. 

 

The Flamingo garden, looking towards the Paradise Garden Buffet. 

  

A flamingo fountain in the garden area.  This area is one of the destinations of the Haunted Vegas Tour as they seek Bugsy Siegel's ghost.  The garden was built after the last original building was torn down on December 14, 1993.

  

The fountain and the rear entrance to the Flamingo from the garden area. 

 

A daytime shot of the previous photo--this one taken December 31, 2012. 

  

A memorial plaque to Bugsy Siegel located near the wedding chapel in the garden.  After Siegel died, hotel management renamed the resort "The Fabulous Flamingo" on March 1, 1947.

 

Jay and his daughter Robyn at the Bugsy Siegel plaque--December 31, 2012. 

 

Jay inside the Flamingo on New Year's Eve 2013--all dressed up like a mob boss. 

  

The four Flamingo hotel towers were built and expanded in 1967, '75,'77, '82, '90 and '95.  The Hilton Corporation bought the Flamingo in 1972 and the name was changed to Flamingo Hilton; the Hilton name was removed in 1999 when the Flamingo ended its relationship with the Hilton Hotel chain.

 

Flamingo Las Vegas--though, the resort is actually in Paradise, NV. 

 

The Flamingo is on the left; Caesars Palace straight ahead; O'Shea's Casino to the right--all owned by Harrah's Entertainment.  Plans for this little section of street (an extension of Caesars Palace Dr) are to be closed-off and turned into a 1000-foot-long pedestrian mall with restaurants and nightclubs; included will be a 600' ferris wheel like the London Eye and Singapore Flyer--to be built near the monorail line at the rear of the buildings.  The plan is called "Project Linq".

 

The street between the now defunct O'Shea's (to the left) and the Flamingo (on the right) that is to be transformed into the Linq pedrestrian mall (view looking opposite of the previous photo). 

  

The Flamingo with Donny & Marie as seen from the Vdara tram station.  Photo taken August 13, 2010. 

  

The Flamingo when Toni Braxton was featured as their main headliner.  Braxton had replaced Gladys Knight in 2006.

 

 

The Flamingo from Caesars Palace--not quite as lovely as she is at night with all the pink neon. 

 
 

 

The Flamingo sign as seen from the pedestrian bridge that crosses over to Caesars Palace above Las Vegas Blvd 

 

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