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Downtown property celebrating 60th

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Posted at 12:41 PM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 15:41:52-04

The Fremont Hotel and Casino is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Wednesday.

Bill Boyd, Executive Chairman of Boyd Gaming, will be joined by Las Vegas Host Chairman and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman for a special celebration at noon Wednesday of the property’s diamond anniversary, which includes champagne and cupcakes. Boyd will also present Goodman with a limited-edition 60th anniversary gaming chip. The event is free and open to the public.

Special promotions for the anniversary will be available starting Wednesday. B Connected members can keep the celebration going with additional promotions available every Thursday throughout the summer. For more information on the anniversary gaming promotions, please visit the property B Connected desk or www.fremontcasino.com.

The Fremont Hotel and Casino opened May 18, 1956. At the time, it was the tallest building in the state of Nevada. When it opened, the hotel had 155 rooms. It cost $6 million ot open and was owned by Ed Levinson and Lou Lurie. In 1963, the 14-story Ogden Tower and one of the city's first vertical parking garages was added.

The hotel and casino was sold in 1974 to the Argent Corporation and to Sam Boyd in 1983.

The hotel and casino is part of what is commonly referred to as the four corners or the four main hotels that are located on the corner of Casino Center Boulevard and Fremont Street. The other three hotel and casinos are the Four Queens, Golden Nugget and Binion's Gambling Hall.