Golden Gate Celebrates 115 Years in Las Vegas

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino exteriors. Thursday, November 19, 2015. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

In January, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino celebrated 115 years of history. As the first hotel and casino in Las Vegas, the property has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the city’s hospitality and gaming industries. The downtown hotel was a landmark during the Roaring 20s and was a popular hangout for Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and Dean Martin. The hotel also debuted many of the town’s firsts – including Las Vegas’ first telephone with the phone number “1” and some of the first electric signs along Fremont Street Experience. Located at 1 Fremont Street, Golden Gate has kept its vintage Vegas charm by offering guests the chance to take a step back in time with the preservation of 10 of its rooms from the original incarnation of the property. The casino also is home to a museum-like collection of artifacts in the lobby including a 1907 registration book, replica of the first phone, Prohibition-era booze bottles hidden in the walls and found during later renovations, old gaming records and much more.