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A Photo-History of the 1955 New Frontier & 1967 Frontier.
The New Frontier

New Frontier and Last Frontier Entrance 1958
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The Last & New Frontier (seen here in 1958) once occupied the area across the street from the current Wynn hotels. These
two casinos co-existed side-by-side and were later replaced by the 1967 Frontier building.

Wide View of the New Frontier
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The 1955 New Frontier presented a new west modernism, using a slight space-age theme 3 years before the
Stardust would. The New Frontier contained lots of Googie inspired interior design and accents - especially in
its Venus Dinner Theater and Cloud 9 Lounge where flying saucers & spinning planets were used for chandeliers.

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The New Frontier in logo form.

New Frontier Pylon Roadsign
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For awhile this triangular pylon roadsign was the tallest roadsign along the Strip.

Mid-Fifties New Frontier Vegas
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Another new car pulling into the New Frontier.

New Frontier Porte Cochere
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The porte cochere and lobby entrance to the New Frontier.


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The Final Frontier

1967 Frontier Hotel
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The 1967 Frontier. 35 years after the opening of The Last Frontier and 12 years after the opening of the
New Frontier - both casino and restaurant spaces were used for the establishment of a single, large
casino and new, multi-storied room wings were added behind. The name was changed simply to The Frontier.

During the 1950s & 60s high-rise hotels were being developed - first starting with the nine floor 1955
Riviera, The Dune's 1964 Tower, The Sahara's 1964 Tower, The Sands' 1966 Tower and the tower at
the new 1966 Caesars Palace. It was time for the Frontier to follow suit and its moderization brought it
back from near oblivion. Its roadsign became the world's tallest - beating the Stardust and Dunes tall
roadsigns out for that distinction. The Frontier also re-established its standing in entertainment
by providing a new showroom and top-name headliners.

Frontier's Strip Entrance
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The Frontier's main entrance was under its front porte cochere and this Stripside entrance was provided
for foot traffic directly into the casino. This entrance was directly across from the Desert Inn
just as the New Frontier's front entrance was.

Site of the Former Desert Inn & Location of Encore Las Vgas
Photography by Erik Wunstell April 2006

This black-topped location for the new Wynn Encore (as seen 2 years ago) was the former site of the original
1950 Desert Inn. Across the street (left side of photo) is the green-gabled roof of the Frontier - where the
former New Frontier had been torn down. The second green roof is where the Frontier's theater was located.

These prime locations of the former Desert Inn and Frontier are among the most historically important sites
on the Las Vegas Strip. The Encore is now nearly completed and the Plaza Hotel will soon start building
several tall hotel towers on the former site of the recently demolished Frontier.

1967 View of the Las Vegas Strip
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Southward view looking down the 1967 Las Vegas Strip towards the Frontier Hotel. The Desert Inn, Standard
gas station and Colonial House Motel are see on left - where the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas Hotels are now
located
. The Sands Tower is also seen on left - where the Venetian is currently located. On right is the original
Stardust globe sign, the Stardust Auditorium (previously the site of the Royal Nevada) and the Strip's only
Greyhound Bus Station. Every piece of neon has since been removed as the area again transforms itself.

1968 View of Silver Slipper and Frontier Hotel
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This 1967 view of the Strip (looking south) shows the Desert Inn sign (left) and the Frontier's 1967 roadsign,
which set the world record as the tallest free-standing sign, at the time.The current Encore is now
located where the Desert Inn's roadsign is seen - announcing the 'Pzazz '68' show.

See the 'After' photo below to view the current Wynn Las Vegas Hotel from the nearly exact location in 2007.

2007 View of Frontier and Wynn Las Vegas
Photography by Erik Wunstell Copyright 2008

September 2007 photo from 50 yards north of the 1967 image seen above. The Wynn Encore is located
where the former Desert Inn once stood. The Wynn Las Vegas Hotel is across from the Frontier sign.
The Venetian is now located at the former Sand's location.

1967 Aerial of The Frontier
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This 1967 aerial view of The Frontier is what would now be seen from the top floors of Wynn Las Vegas.
The Old West theme was toned-down a bit although the hotel still featured its 'Prairie Room', 'Frontier
Steakhouse' and 'Pioneer Coffee Shop'. When the hotel closed, in 2006, it still featured
Bikini-Bullriding in the country-western themed Gilley's Bar.

Illustration - Western View of The Frontier 1967
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Westward view of the 1967 Frontier re-building. The 1942 Last Frontier would be where the front driveway
is seen and roadsign are seen (at left). The 1955 New Frontier was located (on right) where the main,
new building is seen. The Silver Slipper area was later demolished for northside parking space.

2006 view of the Fontier Hotel's Entryway
Photography by Erik Wunstell Copyright 2008

2006 view of the Frontier property, located across the street from the Wynn Las Vegas property. This section
is the site of the 1942 Last Frontier. In 1967 The Frontier (as seen here) was opened and remained in place
for forty years until its closure in July, 2007 and implosion in December 2007.

2008 View - Wynn Hotel Area & Vacant Frontier Lot
Photo by Erik Wunstell Copyright 2008

March 2008 view shows the former Frontier property, now vacant for the first time in 66 years, ready for
the start of construction for the Plaza Hotel. This historic area (both left and right) was once the site
for many important Las Vegas buildings - including the Pair-O-Dice Club, Players Club, Colony Club,
Last Frontier, Desert Inn, Silver Slipper, New Frontier and the final Frontier. A new Vegas is coming.


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