VIDEO VAULT | Bugsy Siegel builds the Flamingo in Las Vegas

VIDEO VAULT | Bugsy Siegel builds the Flamingo in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Most people know that flamboyant mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was instrumental in the construction of the Flamingo, which was the third luxury hotel on the Strip when it opened in 1946. If you go to the Flamingo today, there’s really nothing left of the original hotel. The last and perhaps most historic piece of the Flamingo—Siegel’s personal suite—got the wrecking ball 26 years ago. Loud crashes from breaking glass, splintering wood and tumbling bricks at the “Oregon Building” were heard on December 15, 1993. That was the name of the four-story structure behind the swimming pool where Siegel stayed once the hotel was complete. The Oregon Building at the Flamingo is pictured just before its demolition. The hotel’s first chief engineer, Don Garvin, took orders directly from Siegel. “Nothing wrong with him,” Garvin told a News 3 reporter as the wrecking ball wreaked havoc in […]

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