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El Cortez named National Historic Site

Posted: Mar. 6th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
El Cortez
K.M. Cannon/LV Review Journal

After being open for 72 years the beloved icon El Cortez is finally being recognized as a national Historic site. El Cortez is being added on to a fine list of historic sites such include the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City and the Fifth Street School and also the site of the former Moulin Rouge in Las Vegas.

Gambling and boozing in downtown Las Vegas is history.

The National Register of Historic Places recently listed the El Cortez, a Fremont Street property with a facade largely unchanged since opening day in 1941.

"We are pleased that such a beloved and well-tended icon has been given this national recognition," said Rebecca Palmer, acting Nevada state historic preservation officer, in announcing the listing.

There are 50 Clark County places on the registry, according to the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office. The list includes the Boulder Dam Hotel in Boulder City and the Fifth Street School and the site of the former Moulin Rouge in Las Vegas.

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