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 a Motel 6.
The hotel 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. John bought the Klondike after splitting from his previous partner, Bill Boyd.
After taking control of the casino, John decided to run 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.
At the end of 2005, the land the casino is on was sold to a developer who tore down the casino. The casino was sold to Royal Palms Communities for $48 million with Mike Woodrum being an equity partner in the new development. The new resort will be called Paramount Las Vegas.
The hotel and casino appear in the 2005 film Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.
- Leroy's Horse & Sports Place operated the sports book at this casino.
- UC-0385-06 ROYAL PALM LAS VEGAS, LLC: from Clark County web site
- Liz Benston, Casino owner says he worries about problem gamblers, opposes Internet gaming, Las Vegas Sun, November 20, 2010, Accessed November 22, 2010.