The Moulin Rouge, the first desegregated casino, didn't last long in Vegas. The 110-room hotel featured a showroom, swimming pool, restaurant and coffee shop, dress shop and bar made of highly polished and expensive hardwoods that only stayed open for six months in 1955.
Here, the Deauville Room, the coffee shop and only restaurant in the hotel. The kitchen was shared with the staff, who prepared meals for the dinner shows in the showroom for the Tropi-Can-Can Revue, inspired by the first Afro-American star in France, Josephine Baker.
After six months, the owners declared bankruptcy, but the Moulin Rouge did open the doors for the end of segregation in the casinos on the Strip. Since, numerous fires practically destroyed the structure, which still stands on Bonanza Road. Its infamous script neon sign, designed by Betty Willis, who created the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, now has a home at the Neon Museum.
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Deauville Room [Photo: Classic Las Vegas/Twitter]