Posted 4 years ago
This is a $1 Gaming Token from the Hughes Castaways Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada - Issued 1979 / 1 1/2" diameter / Copper-Nickel
Obverse & reverse shown. - Obsolete - Ref.# HCT-01 / Condition - used
The Castaways was a Paradise, Nevada hotel and casino that operated from 1963 to 1987 on the Las Vegas Strip. The land that the Castaways was built on was first used in 1931 for the Red Rooster Nite Club. That structure was destroyed by a fire in 1933 and it was rebuilt. In 1963, the property became the site of the Castaways Hotel & Casino. During the 1960's the hotel had a 15,000 gallon aquarium behind the front desk where three times a day a show was put on by three naked women in the aquarium. In 1970, the Castaways was sold to billionaire Howard Hughes for $3 million as part of his spree of buying Las Vegas properties. The resort operated until July 1987, when it and the surrounding property were purchased by Steve Wynn. Wynn then proceeded with his plans to develop a new resort on the Castaways' former grounds using the working name Golden Nugget on the Strip. The resort became Mirage and opened on November 22, 1989.