5 Strange Attractions from Las Vegas’s Past

Las Vegas is home to many interesting and odd attractions, many showcasing celebrities famously associated with the notorious city of sin. World-renowned entertainment and the extravagant lifestyles of popular former Las Vegas entertainers spark the delighted interest of tourists from around the globe, capturing their essence with museums dedicated to their greatness. The following is a list of five strange attractions from Vegas days past.

Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah

The legendary Wayne Newton opened his 46-acre estate to the public in 2015, boasting an incredible menagerie of domestic and exotic animals. Shenandoah was known for having a beautiful Arabian horse breeding stable on the property that was home to 120 horses, as well as a family of dogs, deer, and a variety of ducks and geese. Newton also had some exotic animals that included a capuchin monkey who roamed about freely, but the unrestrained capuchin monkey ended up biting a young visitor. After battling several legal issues, Newton decided not to renew permits to reopen Shenandoah to the public.

Liberace Museum

The Liberace museum housed a plethora of extraordinary items owned by the late, great Liberace. Cars, elaborately decorated pianos, and Liberace’s one-of-a-kind concert ensembles graced the halls of the museum up until its closing in 2010. A glorious ode to “Mr. Showmanship” the museum with his namesake, magnified the extravagance of Liberace’s infamous style and the ultra-glamour that Las Vegas is known for.

Skyvue Ferris Wheel

The Skyvue Ferris Wheel was in production to be included as a part of a Las Vegas hotel called London, but the super wheel was never completed. Thought to be at the time one of the largest Ferris wheels to be built in the world, the Skyvue’s 476 ft wheel that never was is dwarfed by the Linq’s High Roller on the strip at an impressive 550 ft. The only evidence of the Skyvue’s creation was its concrete pillars located near the Mandalay Bay.

Elvis-A-Rama Museum

Sporting “The King’s” shoes, music memorabilia, and an 85-foot long mural about Elvis’ career, the Elvis-A-Rama museum embraced every bit of glory the King had to offer. The museum also showcased an impressive collection of Elvis’ brilliant jumpsuits, cars, and guitars from a private collection estimated to be worth $5 million and was once broken into.

Old Vegas Amusement Park

With the style of the old west and vision for the future, Old Vegas amusement park had ambitious plans for fame and expansion in the ’70s. Located in Henderson, south of the Vegas strip, Old Vegas amusement park entertained with rides, a casino, and a western-themed town whose name would later be changed to Westworld. Over the years, the park sustained a couple of fires, and after repeated closures and extensions to install sprinkler systems throughout the park, Westworld was ultimately demolished in the late ’90s. Now it’s just one of the long-gone theme parks of Las Vegas’ past.

From “The King” to “Mr. Showmanship” and back again, Las Vegas’s strange attractions live on forever, even if they’re no longer open. With the lore and mystique of sites that never were to places with mysterious beginnings and endings, Las Vegas has and always will be, one of the most historically enigmatic cities.

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