Castaways (casino)

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Castaways Hotel and Casino
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening date 1963
Closing date September 2, 1987; 29 years ago (September 2, 1987)
Theme Polynesia
No. of rooms 1,700
Total gaming space 35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2)
Signature attractions Gateway to Luck
Casino type Land
Owner Howard Hughes
Coordinates 36°07′16″N 115°10′31″W / 36.12111°N 115.17528°W / 36.12111; -115.17528Coordinates: 36°07′16″N 115°10′31″W / 36.12111°N 115.17528°W / 36.12111; -115.17528

The Castaways was a hotel and casino in Paradise, Nevada 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.

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.[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 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[edit]

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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