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Vegas Trivia That Is Fun To Know And Share

There are entire books and websites dedicated to sharing Vegas trivia. These little historical facts and tidbits help people understand why Vegas is such a fun and fascinating place.

We will share some of this trivia as a regular part of this site. As you learn, laugh, or marvel, you will come to understand why Las Vegas is the city it is, one that draws visitors from all over the world.

Some of the trivia concerns an historical event or occurrence such as when the first telephone was installed at Hotel Nevada in 1907. That was historical. Or, the time history was made when Benny Binion’s Horseshoe Hotel replaced its sawdust floors with carpet.

Another history maker was the Riviera Hotel that, when it opened in 1955, was the first high rise hotel on the Strip. And, when El Rancho opened in 1941, it was the first hotel to open on the Strip.

One of this author’s favorite trivia bits concerns one of the older downtown casinos, The Four Queens. Probably, most people if asked why they thought it was named the Four Queens would think it had to do with a poker hand or some other card game. And, that would be a good, logical guess. But, it would be totally wrong.

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Here is the true and unusual piece of Vegas trivia about how the Four Queens got its name. It is actually a heart warming story, too. It’s about a father’s love for his daughters.

Ben Goffstein, the original owner of the casino when it opened in 1966 named his new hotel, not after the four queens in a deck of cards, but rather after his four queens, his daughters, Michele, Benita, Faith, and Hope. I doubt that any other hotel in Las Vegas has such a personal story attached to its name.

Don’t you love it?

 

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