Las Vegas, NV - Aladdin's Lamp, 2007
The Aladdin was a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. Toy manufacturer Edwin S. Lowe originally opened the 450-room Tallyho Hotel on the property in 1962 but it closed at the end of the year. It was then sold to Kings Crown Inns of America, a hotel chain which reopened the property a month later as the King's Crown Tallyho. The company added a casino and showroom but plans to open the casino were halted when the Nevada Gaming Control Board declined to issue a gambling license because of concerns about the resort being inadequately financed. Milton Prell then purchased the hotel and began an extensive $3 million renovation of the property before reopening it as the Aladdin on April 1, 1966. A 19-story hotel tower was added in 1976. After various ownership changes, the Aladdin was closed in 1997 and demolished the following year to make room for a new Aladdin resort that opened in 2000. However, it experienced financial problems and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2001. The resort was sold in bankruptcy on June 20, 2003 to a partnership of Planet Hollywood and Starwood. After a renovation, the resort began operating in 2007 under the name "Planet Hollywood." Though the name is gone, this iconic neon lamp was saved and now is part of the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Photo by Carol Highsmith.