Castaways (casino)

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This article is about the Las Vegas Strip casino. For the Boulder Strip casino, see Castaways Hotel and Casino.
Castaways Casino
Location Paradise, Nevada
Opening date 1963
Closing date 1987; 29 years ago (1987)
Theme Desert island
Casino type Land

The Castaways was a Paradise, Nevada hotel and casino that operated from 1963 to 1987 on the Las Vegas Strip.


The land that the Castaways was built on was first used in 1931 for the Red Rooster Nite Club. That structure was destroyed by a fire in 1933 and it was rebuilt. In 1942, the San Souci Auto Court was built next to the Red Rooster. Later it was absorbed by the Sans Souci Hotel, Inc., which in October 1957 opened the Sans Souci Hotel. In 1963, the property became the site of the Castaways Hotel & Casino. The latter experienced financial trouble and was sold and renamed Oliver's New Castaways Casino. During the 1960s, the hotel had a 1500-gallon aquarium in its bar. Three times a day a show was put on by naked women in the aquarium.[1]

In February 1970, the Castaways was sold to billionaire Howard Hughes for $3 million as part of his spree of buying Las Vegas properties. The resort operated until July 1987, when it and the surrounding property were purchased by Steve Wynn. Wynn then proceeded with his plans to develop a new resort on the Castaways' former grounds using the working name Golden Nugget on the Strip. The resort became Mirage and opened on November 22, 1989. A few years later, the Treasure Island was built on more of the land that had been used as the Mirage's parking lot and additional adjacent undeveloped land.

A historic wooden temple St. Louis Jain temple, originally a part of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, stood besides the pool. It has now been reconstructed at the Jain Center of Southern California, Los Angeles.


  1. ^ Padgett, Sonya (2008-01-03). "LIVE ART: FLIPPING OVER FISH". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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