|Castaways Hotel and Casino|
|Address||Las Vegas Boulevard|
|Closing date||September 2, 1987|
|No. of rooms||1,700|
|Total gaming space||35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Gateway to Luck|
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.
On September 1, 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.
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 closed and was demolished and the property was 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.
Gateway to Luck
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.