Klondike Hotel and Casino

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Klondike Hotel and Casino
Klondike.jpg
Address 5189 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Opening date 1962
Closing date casino: June 28, 2006
hotel: June 30, 2006
Theme Western
No. of rooms 153
Casino type Land-Resort
Coordinates 36°05′00″N 115°10′20″W / 36.083295°N 115.172212°W / 36.083295; -115.172212Coordinates: 36°05′00″N 115°10′20″W / 36.083295°N 115.172212°W / 36.083295; -115.172212

The Klondike Hotel and Casino was a 153-room hotel and a 7,700 sq ft (720 m2) casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States.

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

The casino closed on June 28, 2006, and hotel closed on June 30, 2006. John Woodrom currently owns the Klondike Sunset Casino, a neighborhood casino in nearby Henderson, Nevada.[2]

Film history[edit]

While you cannot actually see the name, the casino appeared in a scene in 1997's Vegas Vacation where Clark (Chevy Chase) tries to win money back.

The hotel and casino appear in the 2005 film Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.

Popular culture[edit]

Avenged Sevenfold's video for "Bat Country" was filmed at the Klondike.[citation needed]

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