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Thunderbird

Thunderbird
Thunderbird
Thunderbird
Silverbird
The Thunderbird Downs opened in 1963 and closed in 1966. The land currently occupies a residential complex.
Thunderbird
El Rancho Village
Photographic slide of Thunderbird West Office, January 30, 1963. Charles Rozaire Collection on Tule Springs, Nevada (MS-00100). UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives. Original cropped by The Historic Las Vegas Project.
Silverbird
El Rancho Hotel and Casino
Thunderbird
Aerial photograph of Las Vegas, Nevada: photographic print. Mary and Arthur Ackerman Aerial Photograph Collection (PH-00306). UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives. Original cropped by The Historic Las Vegas Project.

Thunderbird opened on September 2, 1948.

4-story hotel built in 1962.

El Rancho Vegas motel rooms become Thunderbird West from 1962 to 1964.

Became Silverbird on January 1, 1977.

55 hotel rooms are demolished to expand the casino in 1977.

Silverbird closed on December 3, 1981.

Reopened and became El Rancho Hotel and Casino on August 31, 1982.

13-story tower built in 1987.

El Rancho Hotel and Casino closed on July 2, 1992.

Demolished in 2000.

Architect: Marion Hicks.

Thunderbird Theme: Native American.

El Rancho Hotel and Casino Theme: Western/Mexican.

Thunderbird associated with: Burton Cohen (1995), Major Riddle.

Silverbird associated with: Major Riddle, Ed Torres.

El Rancho Hotel and Casino associated with: Ed Torres.

Fourth resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Proposed casino resort on the land: Nevada Ambassador, Mark Antony, Countryland USA, London Resort and Casino, Starship Orion, The Drew Las Vegas, JW Marriott Las Vegas Blvd, Fontainebleau Las Vegas.

Was located on an All-American Road (2000) and a Nevada Scenic Byway (1995).

Was located at 2755 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Winchester, Nevada.

Denotes American Gaming Association Hall of Fame year of induction.