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Bali Hai, Las Vegas, NV (motel)
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Posted: 2011-07-31 10:45 am   Permalink

There is also a rendition of the Las Vegas Hilton on the stained glass which was originally the International Hotel built around 1969. It became the Las Vegas Hilton in 1971 and for a while was the largest hotel in the world. I worked there in 1978 in the Behihana Village. It appears that the church endured a few renovations over the years.

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Posted: 2011-07-31 12:26 pm   Permalink

The different signs at the Bali Hai are puzzling too. Reflecting back to DC's pics...

On 2011-06-29 17:54, Dustycajun wrote:




All 3 have different lettering and different structures.

I was guessing #3 was the earliest. The lettering has a dark background, maybe even matting right on the sign. You'd think that didn't last long, so it got replaced with paint. #1 and #3 have the same top-heavy 'B'. But the main rectangular posts on #1 look thicker than #3, and the cars make it look much more recent.

And then #2 has the bottom-heavy 'B', and even the structure looks different again. But based on the cars, it looks older than #1. Dunno - maybe someone else will have a better take. I can't even tell if all 3 were in the same position on the property.

Anyway, fun topic DC - thanks for posting this stuff.


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Posted: 2011-07-31 8:41 pm   Permalink

[ This Message was edited by: kenbo-jitsu 2011-08-01 21:58 ]

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Posted: 2011-08-01 08:57 am   Permalink


On 2011-07-31 04:13, howlinowl wrote:
I seem to remember reading about the landmark being started earlier.....like in '61 or '62? They ran out of funds during building and or changed the plans to add floors to it because they wanted it to be the tallest structure in Vegas and something else started going up that was going to be taller? Didn't it sit dormant for a few years until they finally finished it up in '69? Been a while since I'd read up on it. That would kinda explain why it's in the window. Either that, or the Landmark was under construction at the time and they added it to the window to make sure the window stayed current after the Landmark was completed.


According to that website link on the history, you are right Howlinowl; "The off-Strip Landmark Hotel began as an unfinished attraction for a shopping center ....
In 1960, Frank Carroll, a successful building contractor from Kansas City, bought land on Paradise Road and Convention Center Drive..."
They same "fate" befell the Stratosphere Tower, it sat unfinished for a handful of years after Bob Stupak ran out of money. Of course, it was eventually finished (by someone else).
Note; the Landmark neon sign was reinstalled around 2009. It involved some sort of funding-for-sign swap from the Neon Boneyard. From my understanding, the Neon Boneyard gave the sign to the Convention Authority in exchange for dollars to help build the Boneyard into a museum with regular hours (and a rebuilt La Concha lobby)-something that should be finished within the year.
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Posted: 2011-08-01 09:30 am   Permalink

and don't forget, stupak tower caught fire mid way through construction and melted the top 18 floors or so in the middle of the tower. It was the coolest sight ever, like a giant tiki torch burning over vegas in the night because the tower was only half built. They had to tear off those melted floors and start over. There should be pics of it somewher online.

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Posted: 2014-04-03 7:31 pm   Permalink

I have no idea why I started searching for the Bali Hai this evening....possibly, it was watching "The Hangover III"?

I am here to say that I stayed at the Bali Hai, while on tour with the road show of "Annie" in 1981. I was 8 years old, and we stayed (lived) there for about 2 months. I have very vivid memories of the place.

For anyone who may doubt, I can assure you that the Bali Hai DID in fact exist, much in the way it was presented in this forum. As an adult, I am an archaeologist and museum specialist.....I appreciate the meaning of validation.

Most of the photos taken from that time are stored at my elderly Grandfather's home, which is about 1200 miles from mine. However, I have a renewed urgency to visit and find the many photos, which documented our time there. I will say that our extended stay is a blissful memory of my childhood.

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Posted: 2014-04-03 8:50 pm   Permalink


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Posted: 2014-10-29 8:17 pm   Permalink

I'm a few years late to this party, but I have a few replies ...

Bali Hai was closed and demolished around 1990, which indicates that it was a casualty of the widening of Desert Inn Road. The road use to make a 90-degree curve right after Bali Hai. It was widen and straightened. Monaco Motel on the strip was taken by imminent domain and demolished for this project. Photo:

Here's a map from 1950, the year D.I. was opened, showing D.I.s property which later included the church, Monaco Motel, Bali Hai: http://i.imgur.com/flkj8DK.jpg ... and if this map looks foreign it's because some of the street paths themselves (not just the names) have since been changed.


On 2011-06-29 17:54, Dustycajun wrote:
The amenities - it was a Howard Hughes resort.

Howard Hughes bought the Desert Inn in 1967, maybe it was connected with that sale, or maybe it was one of many properties that Summa Corp picked up.


On 2011-06-30 07:14, JOHN-O wrote:
It's the Howard Hughes angle which is the most interesting to me. That's the first I've heard of him having a footprint in Las Vegas prior to the late 1960's ... the Howard Hughes brochure reference is definitely pre-1958. I can tell because notably absent from that map is the Stardust Hotel which opened in 1958.

The brochure is definitely late 60s at the earliest. "Spring Mountain Rd" (aka Twain Av, Sands Av) did not exist before some time late 60s-mid 70s.


On 2011-07-31 12:26, aquarj wrote:
The different signs at the Bali Hai are puzzling too.

Not uncommon in Las Vegas, even in the 1950s, for signs to change in the space of a couple years.

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Posted: 2014-11-03 4:50 pm   Permalink

Here's Bali Hai from above, c. 1955 and the same area today, about 60 years later

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