Hunting for history: Collectors descend on Tropicana Las Vegas before closure

Hunting for history: Collectors descend on Tropicana Las Vegas before closure

Article brief provided by Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • McKenna Ross, Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 23, 2024 1:10 PM

Las Vegas resident Holly Vaughn has long been drawn to vintage Vegas elements — the design of old fonts, the glamor of famous shows and the kitschy attractions that drew in her and fellow schoolchildren on field trips to the Strip.

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“Now I have to hunt through eBay to find vintage Vegas. I have to fight people for them,” Vaughn said. “To actually go get it yourself, it’s much more fun and easier to get it yourself.”

It’s what drew Vaughn to the Tropicana and Mirage for some last-minute shopping in late February before changes hit the two properties. The Mirage will be rebranded as a Hard Rock casino after the Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired the iconic Strip property in 2022.