LAS VEGAS -- A company called the Moulin Rouge Development Corp.
(MRDC) acquired the famed Moulin Rouge Hotel & Casino in Las
Vegas for $12.1 million, with plans to spend another $200 million
reviving the property, which was damaged in a fire last May.
The hotel holds a special place in the history of Las Vegas.
Opened in 1955, the Moulin Rouge was the city's first racially
integrated casino. It played host to such stars, as Sammy Davis,
Jr. and other African American entertainers, who were not permitted
to stay at the properties they performed at on the Strip. The hotel
closed after only five months in business.
In 1960, during the heyday of the civil rights movement, city
leaders chose the Moulin Rouge as the place to sign an order ending
segregation on the Strip.
Then on May 29, 2003, a three-alarm fire started by an arsonist
damaged the hotel and destroyed many of its historical relics and
"The new Moulin Rouge will commemorate history and celebrate the
future," said Dale Scott, MRDC's president and CEO.
Construction is slated to begin during third-quarter 2004 and
the opening is slated for December 2005. Plans call for the new
Moulin Rouge to feature 500 rooms, 20 corporate suites and a
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