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This page is coming on June 30th and will show the history of the Encore Beach conversion from the
1950 Desert Inn up to today - thru old photos, aerial views and satellite images.

The 1942 Last Frontier Hotel's Pool Located Near Desert Inn's Current Encore Beach Location.
From the InOldLasVegas.com Collection

1942 picture of the Last Frontier's roadside swimming pool. This pool's former location is now actually
situated in the Las Vegas Strip roadway (close to the entrance to the Wynn parking garage). As the Strip
was widened over the years, from two lanes to ten, this pool's former location was nearly obliterated from
the historical record. Thankfully, Google Earth's History Feature now lets us use 'photo-archeology' to find
the correct placement of many of these Lost Vegas sites.

When this page is completed and posted, on June 30th, it will show the correlation between the Strip's
first two roadside swimming pools (the 1941 El Rancho and the 1942 Last Frontier) and the later
placement of the 1950 Desert Inn's pool. You'll also be able to see what things formerly occupied
the site of Encore Beach and where (in the Encore Hotel) the former Desert Inn pool was located.

2009 Satellite View of the 2008 Encore Porte Cochere. Now the Current Encore Beach.
2009 Google Earth Satellite Image

This is a Google Earth satellite view from June 22, 2009 showing the original 2008 Encore's porte cochere
(covered driveway). Encore Beach was built on this exact area in the last year. This week more satellite
and aerial photos will be posted on this webpage to show the history of this bit of property from its days
(from 1948-2009) as the original Desert Inn and all its phases and remodelings and expansions.

The 'green-thumbtack' shows the former location of the original 1950 Desert Inn Skyroom Bar.

Grouped Photo-Banner of the History of the Encore Hotel Loaction.
From the InOldLasVegas.com Collection & Photography by Erik Wunstell © Copyright 2003-2010

Photos showing the 1978 & 2003 Desert Inn (left & center) plus Wynn's Encore Hotel rising in 2007 (right)
looking northward up the Strip from Dio Drive, at the LVB intersection and corner of Fashion Show Mall.

Webpage Coming June 30th