Klondike Hotel and Casino
|Klondike Hotel and Casino|
|Address||5189 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
|Closing date||casino: June 28, 2006
hotel: June 30, 2006
|No. of rooms||153|
The hotel sat between the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and McCarran International Airport on Las Vegas Boulevard on 6 acres (2.4 ha) of land. The Klondike was the southernmost hotel on the Las Vegas Strip until it closed in 2006. Mandalay Bay is now the southernmost hotel.
The Klondike opened in 1962 as the tiki-themed Kona Kai motel, and included a restaurant and cocktail lounge.
The motel was sold on May 12, 1976, for $1.2 million by Ralph Engelstad who also owned the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino. The new owners were John Woodrum and his son Mike Woodrum, who renamed the motel to Klondike Inn. John bought the Klondike after splitting from his previous partner, Bill Boyd.
In the late 1970s, John Woodrum ran a power line to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign which was not lit at the time. After the power line was cut and some discussions, Clark County decided to provide power to the sign.
A casino was added in 1982. By this point, it had been renamed the Klondike Hotel and Casino.
In May 2005, Royal Palm Las Vegas LLC bought 5.25 acres of land adjacent to the Klondike for $42 million. In September 2005, the Klondike was sold to Royal Palm for $23.7 million, for a total of 10.5 acres.
The casino closed on June 28, 2006, while the hotel, restaurant and bar closed on June 30, 2006. Shortly after its closure, the property was used for training by the K9 unit of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
The Klondike's replacement would have been called Paramount Las Vegas. The new resort would have included an 1,864-room hotel and 80,000 sq ft casino. Plans for the new resort were approved by Clark County in October 2006, but were sidelined in late August 2007, when an investor pulled out of the project before closing on restructuring a land loan.
In September 2007, homeless people were living in the abandoned motel rooms of the Klondike. Royal Palm Las Vegas LLC was ordered to either demolish the buildings by November 13, 2007, or repair them by December 18, 2007.
In November 2007, the Klondike was boarded up. Demolition of the Klondike began around March 17, 2008, and concluded on March 20, 2008.
Leroy's Horse & Sports Place operated the sports book at this casino.
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- "Klondike Inn Owner Explores Sale", Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 31, 2008.
- "Klondike Casino Closes After 45 Years on the Strip", www.8newsnow.com, June 28, 2006.
- Klondike History, www.leavinglv.net, August 28, 2008.
- UC-0385-06 ROYAL PALM LAS VEGAS, LLC: from Clark County web site
- "Homeless camping on Strip", Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 9, 2007.
- "Harley-Davidson plans $18 million strip dealership", Alan Snel, Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 10, 2013.
- "Casino reopens as Klondike Sunset", David Strow, Las Vegas Sun, October 5, 1999./
- "Klondike Sunset gets new owner, Arnold M. Knightly, Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 16, 2014.