• Milton Prell Top New Man At Beautiful New Hotel

    October 27, 1952

    It isn't often that a man can say with honest conviction that he has seen a dream come true. but Milton Prell, executive manager of the sumptuous Sahara, recently made that statement.

  • Hottest Casino’ Open For Business on Strip

    August 27, 1964

    The Sahara Hotel has bounced back from a mid-day fire Tuesday that closed entertainment and gambling for one night with a tongue-in-cheek marque inviting. "Visit The Hottest Casino In Town."

  • Fire? So What, They Said

    August 26, 1964

    There was a different kind of panic at the Sahara Hotel fire yesterday, the kind that sets in when you're about to leave behind a nickel.

  • Bombing Suspects Return to Vegas

    June 3, 1967

    Three men arrested in connection with the $75,000 Sahara Hotel bomb extortion plot were returned in Las Vega Friday night from two Southern California sheriff’s officers by Clark County Sheriff’s Detectives.

  • Million Dollar Fire Belts Hotel Sahara

    July 21, 1968

    A fire that started on the roof of the Hotel Sahara's casino early yesterday afternoon sent gamblers out into the street and caused an estimated $1 million in damage before it was stopped. Damage was the main casino, the hotel's executive offices, coffee shop lounge and showroom. Hundreds were evacuated from these areas, plus more from the new casino addition, which escaped damage.

  • Sahara Hotel Fire Injures 2; Labeled Definitely Suspicious

    August 1, 1981

    Arson may have been the cause of a blaze that routed more than 200 guests from their rooms in the Sahara Hotel Friday night, fire department officials disclosed.

  • Hacienda Owner Buys Sahara For $50 Million

    May 5, 1982

    Hacienda Hotel owner Paul W. Lowden, once a struggling Las Vegas lounge musician, has signed a deal to buy the Del E. Webb Corp.-owned Sahara Hotel for $50 million, making him the owner of hotels on both ends of the Las Vegas Strip, Webb officials said Tuesday.

  • Gamblers pull off the ‘perfect’ casino scam

    July 2, 1982

    By the time Tom Kuhn discovered some of the addresses on the credit cards were a cemetery, bar and health food stand on Wall Street, the gamblers had pulled off the perfect crime.

  • Eight indicted in cheating scheme

    July 30, 1982

    A Sahara Hotel blackjack dealer and seven card players were indicted by the Clark County grand jury Thursday on charges of taking part in cheating scam at the hotel's casino.

  • Bill Bennett buys Sahara

    July 1, 1995

    Some pretty big names in gaming history have been associated with ownership of the Sahara hotel-casino -- Milton Prell, Del Webb and Paul Lowden.

  • Sahara goes Moroccan with $65 million renovation

    October 10, 1995

    Gaming magnate William Bennett is using a wrecking ball to launch a new era in the storied history of the Sahara hotel-casino.

  • Sahara starts up renovation plans

    March 21, 1996

    A $65 million renovation project began Wednesday as construction workers started razing poolside bungalows that once housed some of the Strip's biggest stars, including the Beatles, George Burns, Ann-Margret and Tony Bennett.

  • New Sahara seeks past glory

    October 31, 1997

    Built by entrepreneur Milton Prell in 1952, the Sahara thrived in the early days of Las Vegas, but for the past 20 years, the sprawling hotel-casino on the Strip has faced difficult times, including competing with the growth of megaresorts on the Strip.

  • Sahara coaster to be Las Vegas’ fastest

    February 28, 2000

    A Maryland company that has pioneered theme park rides propelled by electromagnetic fields is building the fastest roller coaster in Las Vegas at the Sahara hotel-casino. The new ride, which will open in late March or early April and has been named "Speed-The Ride," was developed by Premier Rides, Millersville, Md.

  • Desert Oasis: Sahara’s rich entertainment history recalled at 50

    October 4, 2002

    Marlene Dietrich onstage in the Congo Room, with Burt Bacharach at the piano.

  • After 50 colorful years, resort remains a “jewel”

    October 4, 2002

    It was called the "Jewel of the Desert" when it opened in 1952 on a windblown plain that was home to only five other casino resorts. The modest two-story motel -- formerly called "Club Bingo" -- was a harbinger of the extravagance that was to bloom decades later in the desert. The Sahara opened with the area's first Olympic-size swimming pool.

  • Sahara sold to Los Angeles partnership

    March 9, 2007

    One of the Strip's historic casino properties is being sold to a Los Angeles-based partnership that includes a Hollywood producer.

  • Sahara to get some L.A. glitz

    April 8, 2007

    Independent casino operators are a dying breed on the Strip, a playing field controlled by growing chains with billions of dollars at their disposal.

  • The Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Sahara cites weak demand in closing hotel towers

    December 15, 2009

    The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas is temporarily closing two of its three hotel towers and its buffet, citing slow business during the holiday season. Verena King, a spokeswoman for the company with Preferred Public Relations, couldn't immediately say Tuesday how many rooms at the 1,720-room property would be affected; or how many jobs would be affected. "If the demand did increase, then more rooms would be made available (at the closed towers)," King said.

  • The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11, 2011, the same day the property made the announcement it would be closing.

    Sahara’s closure on May 16 will mark ‘the end of an era’

    March 11, 2011

    The owner of the Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday announced plans to close the property on May 16. "The continued operation of the aging Sahara was no longer economically viable," said a statement from Sam Nazarian, CEO of SBE Entertainment Group.

  • The Sahara hotel-casino in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11, 2011, the same day the property made the announcement it would be closing.

    Sahara guests, workers fondly remember ‘the last of the oldies’

    March 12, 2011

    Helmut Hartleb first visited Las Vegas in 1958, six years after the Sahara opened. He remembers the lights and the excitement on the north end of the Strip. And for the past 30 or more years, he and his wife, Joan, have made a yearly trip to Las Vegas.

  • Riviera Holdings hires executive from Sahara

    Riviera Holdings hires executive from Sahara

    April 26, 2011

    Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino executive Larry King didn’t have to look far for a new job when the Sahara announced March 11 it would be closing on May 16. Riviera Holdings Corp. announced King, 49, had been hired as chief financial officer, vice president–finance and treasurer.

  • With demise of Sahara, what's next for north Las Vegas Strip?

    With demise of Sahara, what’s next for north Strip?

    May 13, 2011

    In its prime, the north end of the Strip — the home to casinos such as the Thunderbird, Silver Slipper and Stardust — defined Vegas glitz. Today’s snapshot is a much different picture.